Epidemiology of Injury-Related Emergency Department Visits in the US Among Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Luther G. Kalb, Roma A. Vasa, Elizabeth D. Ballard, Steven Woods, Mitchell Goldstein, Holly C. Wilcox

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Abstract

Several reports suggest children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely to be seen for injury-related ED visits; however, no nationally representative study has examined this question. Using data from the 2008 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, over a quarter of all visits among those with ASD were related to injury. In the multivariate analyses, the odds of an injury-related visit was 54 % greater among those with ASD compared to youth with intellectual disability (ID), but 48 % less compared to youth without ID or ASD. Compared to all other pediatric injury-visits in the US, visits among children with ASD were more likely to be due to self-inflicted injury and poisoning and were more likely to result in hospitalization (all p < 0.001).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2756-2763
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume46
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

Keywords

  • Autistic disorder
  • Emergency medicine
  • Epidemiology
  • Injury
  • Intellectual disability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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