'Concerning' number of kids with autism physically restrained in ED

Children with ASD and ADHD are overrepresented among paediatric mental health presentations, a study suggests

A concerning number of children with autism presenting to ED with a mental health problem are being physically restrained, emergency medicine doctors say.

Crying child in hospital

Their study suggests children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD or both may make up more than one-quarter of all paediatric mental health presentations to EDs.

A review of visits over one year at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne found “important differences” between the presentations of these children and those of others

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