Patients with autism avoiding GPs because of discomfort in waiting room

Noise, fluorescent lights and smells are among the sensory challenges they faced

Patients with autism spectrum disorder are avoiding GP visits because they don’t feel comfortable in the waiting room, researchers find. 

Waiting room

They surveyed 507 adults in UK diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Half said the waiting room environment was a major reason for them to avoid or delay a visit to the GP, with noise from the reception desk and other patients, fluorescent lights and smells among the sensory challenges listed.

And many also reported