- From 2009 to 2017, about 1 in 6 US children were diagnosed with a developmental disability.
- Increases in rates of autism, ADHD, and intellectual disability were accompanied by decreases in prevalence of nonspecified developmental delay.
- Demographic and socioeconomic disparities in diagnoses persist.
Why this matters
- These data from the National Health Interview Survey can guide clinicians in being mindful in particular of biases related to socioeconomic and demographic factors in making screening and referral choices.
- From 2009-2011 to 2015-2017, prevalence of “any disability” increased (16.2%-17.8%; P<.001 as did:>
- ADHD: 8.5%-9.5% (P<.01>
- Autism: 1.1%-2.5% (P<.001>
- Intellectual disability: 0.9%-1.2% (P<.05>
- Data from 2009-2017 National Health Interview Survey, with parent-reported diagnoses.
- Funding: No external funding.
- Parent report carries limitations.