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Are Minority Autistic Kids Overlooked?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: A recent study discovered a racial disparity in care for children diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Is your child receiving inferior care?
Air Date: June 26, 2013
Duration: 10 Minutes
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, MD

FINGERTDr. Sarabeth Broder-Fingert is a pediatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and a Fellow in the Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship. She currently works at the Center for Child and Adolescent Health Research and Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research focuses on improving systems of care for children with special needs. She is particularly interested in how the medical system can best serve patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other neurodevelopmental conditions.

Are Minority Autistic Kids Overlooked?
A recent study discovered a racial disparity in care for children diagnosed on the autism spectrum, especially when it came to having access to specialists.

These include gastroenterologists, neurologists, psychiatrists and nutrition services.

The disparity was also found in the types of specialty tests the children received.

These differences in children's medical conditions may signal a real problem for children with Autism and similar disorders.

A possible explanation for the differences may be in how often doctors refer their patients to specialists and differences in how often patients follow-through on those appointments.

Special guest, Dr. Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, shares some enlightening information regarding this issue.

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