Pliant GPs not behind rise in autism diagnoses: study

The recent rise in autism diagnoses across Australia is due to systemic barriers encountered by paediatricians rather than pushy parents and eager-to-please GPs, research suggests. 

A survey of more than 120 paediatricians has revealed many are not following best practice when diagnosing autism because of long waiting lists for allied health assessments — leading to variations in diagnosis rates. 

The study finding contradicts recent media reports that suggest parental pressure and pliant GPs are responsible for the increase in autism

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