Older adults with autism spectrum disorders in Sweden: a register study of diagnoses, psychiatric care utilization and psychotropic medication of 601 individuals

Nylander, L., Axmon, A., Björne, P., Ahlström, G. and Gillberg, C. (2018) Older adults with autism spectrum disorders in Sweden: a register study of diagnoses, psychiatric care utilization and psychotropic medication of 601 individuals. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48(9), pp. 3076-3085. (doi: 10.1007/s10803-018-3567-0) (PMID:29663191) (PMCID:PMC6096790)

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Abstract

In a Swedish sample of persons eligible for disability services and aged 55 years or older in 2012, persons (n = 601) with autism spectrum disorder diagnoses registered in specialist care were identified. Register data concerning diagnoses of other psychiatric disorders, psychiatric care, and psychiatric medication were reviewed. More than 60% had been in contact with psychiatric care. The majority had no intellectual disability (ID) diagnosis recorded during the study period. Apart from ID, affective disorders, anxiety and psychotic disorders were most commonly registered; alcohol/substance abuse disorders were uncommon. Psychotropic drug prescriptions were very common, especially in the ID group. Professionals need awareness of this vulnerable group; studies concerning their life circumstances and service requirements should be conducted.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was funded by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte Dnr: 2014-4753).
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gillberg, Professor Christopher
Authors: Nylander, L., Axmon, A., Björne, P., Ahlström, G., and Gillberg, C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0162-3257
ISSN (Online):1573-3432
Published Online:16 April 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorder 48:3076-3085
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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