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Evaluating Changes in the Prevalence of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)

Overview of attention for article published in Public Health Reviews, November 2012
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Evaluating Changes in the Prevalence of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)
Published in
Public Health Reviews, November 2012
DOI 10.1007/bf03391685
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Catherine E. Rice, Michael Rosanoff, Geraldine Dawson, Maureen S. Durkin, Lisa A. Croen, Alison Singer, Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp


Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are estimated to occur among about one percent of children in the United States. This estimate is in line with estimates from other industrialized countries. However, the identified prevalence of ASDs has increased significantly in a short time period based on data from multiple studies including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. Whether increases in ASD prevalence are partly attributable to a true increase in the risk of developing ASD or solely to changes in community awareness and identification patterns is not known. It is clear that more children are identified with an ASD now than in the past and the impact on individuals, families, and communities is significant. However, disentangling the many potential reasons for ASD prevalence increases has been challenging. Understanding the relative contribution of multiple factors such as variation in study methods, changes in diagnostic and community identification, and potential changes in risk factors is an important priority for the ADDM Network and for CDC. This article summarizes the discussion from a workshop that was co-sponsored by CDC and Autism Speaks as a forum for sharing knowledge and opinions of a diverse range of stakeholders about changes in ASD prevalence. Panelists discussed recommendations for building on existing infrastructure and developing new initiatives to better understand ASD trends. The information, research, and opinions shared during this workshop add to the knowledge base about ASD prevalence in an effort to stimulate further work to understand the multiple reasons behind increasing ASD prevalence.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 1%
Australia 2 1%
Canada 1 <1%
Unknown 163 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 27 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 27 16%
Student > Bachelor 24 14%
Researcher 21 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 20 12%
Other 31 18%
Unknown 18 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 46 27%
Medicine and Dentistry 27 16%
Social Sciences 14 8%
Nursing and Health Professions 11 7%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 10 6%
Other 35 21%
Unknown 25 15%

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