Primary care for adults on the autism spectrum

Christina Nicolaidis, Clarissa Calliope Kripke, Dora Raymaker

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is defined by differences in social communication and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. Skills and challenges can change depending on environmental stimuli, supports, and stressors. Quality of life can be improved by the use of accommodations, assistive technologies, therapies to improve adaptive function or communication, caregiver training, acceptance, access, and inclusion. This article focuses on the identification of ASD in adults, referrals for services, the recognition of associated conditions, strategies and accommodations to facilitate effective primary care services, and ethical issues related to caring for autistic adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1169-1191
Number of pages23
JournalMedical Clinics of North America
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Adults
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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