Recognising, supporting and understanding Autistic adults in general practice settings

Published February 2021
Abstract
The health and wellbeing of Autistic people are well below those of their non-Autistic counterparts. With studies showing a reduced life expectancy and poor physical and mental health, it is important that healthcare professionals strive towards improving the lives of Autistic people by recognising those who are undiagnosed and/or misdiagnosed and providing meaningful support. The aim of this article is to empower general practitioners (GPs) to feel comfortable in recognising potentially undiagnosed Autistic adults. The authors aim to further the understanding of the Autistic experience, including frequently co-occurring physical and mental health conditions, and to give GPs some tools to make the experience of accessing healthcare less problematic for Autistic people. The healthcare experiences of Autistic adults will be greatly improved with a knowledgeable, understanding and accepting GP as the cornerstone of their care.
Citation
Bradshaw, P., Pickett, C., van Driel, M.L., Brooker, K. & Urbanowicz, A. (2021). Recognising, supporting and understanding Autistic adults in general practice settings. Australian Journal of General Practice, 50(3), 126-130. doi: 10.31128/AJGP-11-20-5722

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