AUTISM

AUTISM

July 8, 2012

Many Parents of Kids With Autism Don't Put Faith in Pediatricians

Researchers say pediatricians also don't feel knowledgeable enough to guide families on treatments

By Jenifer Goodwin
HealthDay Reporter


WEDNESDAY, May 16 (HealthDay News) -- Many parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder don't feel they can turn to their pediatricians for advice on treatments, a new study finds.

Likewise, many pediatricians don't think they have the knowledge -- or time -- to devote to children with autism, with some citing reimbursement policies that don't allow for payment for lengthier appointments or for managing complex cases.

The pediatricians interviewed for the study also said they felt especially uncomfortable advising parents on alternative therapies, which are commonly used by families with autistic children. [ READ MORE ]

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