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Indiana: Training clinicians to dx autism; 'national public health problem' need exceeds capacity

Aug 5, 2023, Indiana Public Media: IU study shows trained clinicians can diagnose autism in young children

Teaching primary care clinicians to diagnose autism in young children is one potential solution to improving care.

That’s according to a study by the IU School of Medicine, which found that primary care clinicians who receive specialized training make accurate diagnoses more than 80 percent of the time.

“When they determine a child has autism, they are highly likely to be right. We did not find a high rate of overdiagnosis….

Keehn said this early diagnosis is key to providing intervention services for children with autism.

“We have a national public health problem where the number of children needing autism evaluations exceeds the capacity of the specialists who are trained and available to provide these evaluations,” she said. “And this leads to significant delays in autism diagnosis.”…

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