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Research Letter
October 28, 2019

National Prevalence of Pain Among Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorders

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  • 1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA Pediatr. Published online October 28, 2019. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.3826

Pain is a leading contributor to the global morbidity and disability burden.1 Pediatric pain is especially problematic, as it may impede healthful development into and throughout adulthood.2 For children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), pain is a highly understudied area, perhaps owing to the misguided historical impression that children with ASD have lower pain sensitivity.3 However, recent evidence has contradicted this perspective4 and indicates that pain may be implicated in pathogenesis of poor health outcomes in children with ASD.5 Therefore, this study sought to provide recent national estimates of the prevalence of pain among children and adolescents with ASD.

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