Health Care for Autistic Children: A Public Health Perspective

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2024 Apr;71(2):111-125. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2024.01.002. Epub 2024 Feb 2.


Autism has been the subject of large-scale public health investment. These investments are increasingly shifting toward mitigating the lifelong disability and impairment associated with autism. Key efforts include bolstering screening schedules, accelerating the path to diagnosis and early entry into evidence-based therapies, and providing preventive management of common co-occurring conditions. Enhancing their implementation will necessitate addressing neurodiversity and health equity. Pediatric primary care teams continue to be important stewards in population-level initiatives to promote autistic health. To thrive in this role, these providers will benefit from specific educational and logistical supports from the health care system.

Keywords: Autism; Co-occurring conditions; Health care; Medical home; Neurodiversity; Public health; Screening; Transition.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Autistic Disorder* / diagnosis
  • Autistic Disorder* / therapy
  • Child
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Humans
  • Public Health