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Supporting patients with autism: part two

Christopher Barber First published: Last updated:

Introduction

Autism is relatively common, with current prevalence rates estimated at around 1 in 36 people (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2023). It is now known that relatively few people with autism have an additional learning disability (around 15% or less), but they are the ones who are most vulnerable, have the poorest health outcomes, are at greatest risk of abuse and most in need of additional help with accessing healthcare (National Autistic Society, 2023).

This article is part two of a two-part series, and explores the nurse’s role in supporting people with autism and examples of reasonable adjustments that can be made. The first part of this series provided an overview of autism and how it may impact a person.

The term ‘person with autism’ is used throughout this article, but it is acknowledged that there is an ongoing debate around appropriate terminology, with some preferring the term

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