Rise in Chronic Conditions in Disadvantaged Children


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In a press release on April 30, the American Academy of Pediatrics announced that researchers and authors of a new study “National Trends in Prevalence and Co-morbid Chronic Conditions among Children with Asthma, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,” will present their abstract and findings on May 1. This will take place in Baltimore, MD at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 meeting and will address the rising percentages for US children with conditions such as asthma, ADD/ADHD, an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other comorbid disorders who are at or below the poverty level.

This study was conducted as a metadata review of 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2012 survey data collected by the National Survey of Children’s Health. The new study was trying to determine the rate of chronic conditions based on the children’s sociodemographic details. The percentages of children with diagnoses of chronic conditions on public health insurance rose significantly during the time frame of the data used.

As these conditions either become more wide-spread or are being diagnosed and recognized more frequently, the researchers found that the rate of diagnosis in both asthma and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is increasing at a higher percentage in children living in poverty than in affluent families. Those economically disadvantaged children were also nearly twice as likely to have at least one additional chronic condition diagnosis in addition to Asthma and/or ADHD. The study lists the co-occurring conditions as disorders such as epilepsy, learning disabilities, autism, behavioral issues, and others.

Dr. Christian D. Pulcini will be presenting the research at the meeting at 5:45 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center. The other researchers involved with the abstract are Bonnie Zima, Kelly Kelleher, and Amy J. Houtrow.

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