Friday, April 20, 2012

CDC Releases Flawed Study on ASD Incidence

Two weeks ago the Center for Disease Control published what I know to be an extremely flawed survey suggesting that Utah has the highest incidence of childhood Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the country. No explanation was provided for this incidence report. Incidence was reported for surveyed states only and ranged from 1 in about 50 children in Utah to 1 in about 250 children in Alabama. However, if you carefully read the CDC's report, consider the number of errors in their survey and the methodology used to create these estimates, it is quickly apparent that this expensive survey adds very little to our knowledge of the true incidence and prevalence of ASD in America.

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