Navigating the NHS: Would a national autism register improve care?

GPs in England should keep a register of patients in their care who have autism to help ensure they receive the right care, says the health standards watchdog, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

The National Autistic Society says the initiative could help tackle the "unacceptable health inequality" faced by people with the condition. But it says more effort is needed to help GPs understand autism and the individual needs of patients.

Autism is a complicated condition. Many people with autism have other health conditions. A 2016 report by the Westminster Commission on Autism found that people with ASD face increased health risks, a reduced life expectancy, and difficulties in accessing the same standard of healthcare enjoyed by other people.

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2nd August 2017
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