Office-Based Medical Care
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is an increasingly prevalent condition that can affect the way an individual interacts with others across the life span. Due to social communication impairments, sensory difficulties, and comorbid emotional or behavioral problems, individuals with ASD may have difficulty accessing high-quality outpatient medical care. Medical providers often feel unprepared to meet the needs of individuals with ASD in a busy, outpatient clinic. In this chapter, we address these concerns by outlining specific strategies that can be employed to prepare the patient for an outpatient medical visit, discussing specific practice accommodations that can be made as well as the general approach to the history and physical examination of patients with ASD. Topics relevant to the care of pediatric, adolescent, and adult patients with ASD are presented, including clinical case examples.
KeywordsAutism spectrum disorder Outpatient care Delivery of healthcare/methods
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