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Usability and utility of behavioral health provider and state agency databases for quantifying and classifying Autism Spectrum Disorders: an example from Southwestern Pennsylvania

DeStefano, Amy (2014) Usability and utility of behavioral health provider and state agency databases for quantifying and classifying Autism Spectrum Disorders: an example from Southwestern Pennsylvania. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Abstract

According to the CDC, the most recent estimate of the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders is 1 in 88. The continuing increase in prevalence over the last several years has professionals across disciplines searching for the true etiology of the disorder and for effective treatments to address this public health problem. An important caveat to acknowledge is that the CDC’s prevalence estimates for autism are based upon a sentinel surveillance system that experiences great variability between sites. In order for a more population-based surveillance system to be implemented, a standardized set of data would need to be collected across the entire population. This paper will examine what kind of data would be available from the electronic health records of behavioral health treatment agencies using data from an autism treatment agency in Southwestern Pennsylvania and reviews Pennsylvania’s current efforts to estimate the burden of autism throughout the state. This paper focuses on the public health problem of accurate assessment of disease burden to allow for adequate resource allocation at a state policy level to care for affected residents.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
DeStefano, Amy
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTalbott, Evelyn O.eot1@pitt.eduEOT1UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberArena, Vincent C.arena@pitt.eduARENAUNSPECIFIED
Date: 26 March 2014
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Epidemiology
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: No
Date Deposited: 21 May 2015 00:15
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 19:06
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20867

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