Are we in the midst of an autism epidemic? A review of prevalence data

Mo Med. 2006 Jan-Feb;103(1):65-8.


Autism is a "developmental disorder of neurobiologic origin that is defined on the basis of developmental and behavioral features." Studies over the past 10-15 years suggest that the prevalence of autism is rising. Media coverage has been extensive and has indicated the presence of an "autism epidemic." The goal of this article is to review relevant epidemiologic studies which address the prevalence of Autistic Spectrum Disorders in the last 30 years.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Distribution
  • Autistic Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Autistic Disorder / epidemiology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Missouri / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Prognosis
  • Risk Assessment
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Sex Distribution