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Comment & Response
July 1, 2019

Caution About Displaying State-Level Differences in the Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • 2Center for Disabilities and Development, University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, Iowa City
  • 3Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City
JAMA Pediatr. 2019;173(9):888-889. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.1724

In Reply We appreciate the wide interest in our research article regarding the prevalence and treatment patterns of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among children in the United States.1 Based on data from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), we estimated that the prevalence of ever-diagnosed ASD and current ASD was 2.79% and 2.50%, respectively. Among children with current ASD, almost 30% did not receive either behavioral or medication treatment. An independent analysis by Kogan et al2 has yielded virtually identical results, affirming the overall robustness of the national-level estimates in our study.

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