Healthcare Providers' Discussions Regarding Transportation with Autistic and Non-Autistic Patients

A recent study featuring PISC Executive Committee Member Catherine C. McDonald, PhD, RN, and Senior Scholar Allison Curry, PhD, MPH, characterizes transportation-related discussions of healthcare and behavioral service providers with their autistic and non-autistic patients. The study includes 78 providers, who were analyzed using a cross-sectional survey. Results indicate that only 20% of the included providers have transportation-related discussions with autistic patients. Few providers feel equipped to assess driving readiness in autistic patients. Despite this, only 25% of providers refer autistic patients elsewhere. The lack of transportation-related conversations indicates that “there is a critical need to develop resources for use in medical settings to effectively support autistic adolescents’ independence and mobility as they transition into adulthood.”

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