Primary Care Providers' Perceived Barriers and Needs for Support in Caring for Children with Autism

J Pediatr. 2020 Jun;221:240-245.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.01.014. Epub 2020 Mar 3.


A mixed methods approach was used to examine perspectives of 114 primary care providers regarding barriers and needs for support in caring for children with autism. The most common barriers related to lack of knowledge and resources for diagnosing and treating children with autism, and inadequate visit time and reimbursement.

Keywords: autism; autism spectrum disorder; healthcare barriers; healthcare delivery; healthcare needs.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Appointments and Schedules
  • Autistic Disorder / epidemiology*
  • Case Management
  • Clinical Competence
  • Female
  • Health Resources
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Health, Reimbursement
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Needs Assessment*
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors
  • United States / epidemiology