Health care experiences and perceived financial impact among families of children with an autism spectrum disorder

Benjamin Zablotsky, Luther G. Kalb, Brian Freedman, Roma Vasa, Elizabeth A. Stuart

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OBJECTIVE: The authors compared the health care experiences of families raising a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), an intellectual disability disorder (IDD), or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

METHODS: Children with a current diagnosis of ASD (N=3,005), ADHD (N=9,662), or IDD (N=949) were identified in the 2009-2010 National Survey of Children With Special Health Care Needs. Weighted structural equation modeling was used to determine the association between family satisfaction with medical care, timeliness of care, and medical insurance coverage and the impact of the child's condition on the family's financial situation.

RESULTS: Families of children diagnosed as having ASD comorbid with either ADHD or IDD or comorbid with both conditions reported the highest levels of dissatisfaction across all health care quality variables and experienced the greatest impact on the family's financial situation.

CONCLUSIONS: The findings underscore the need for comprehensive and accessible health care services for children with ASD, particularly those with comorbid conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-398
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric Services
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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