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Am J Intellect Dev Disabil. 2015 Nov;120(6):504-13. doi: 10.1352/1944-7558-120.6.504.

Have Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Quality of Health Care Relationships Changed for Children With Developmental Disabilities and ASD?

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Sandra Magaña, University of Illinois at Chicago;
Susan L. Parish, Brandeis University; and.
Esther Son, College of Staten Island.


The aim of this study was to determine if racial and ethnic disparities in the quality of provider interaction have changed between 2006 and 2010 for children with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Data from the 2005/2006 and 2009/2010 National Survey of Children With Special Health Care Needs were analyzed. Results show that racial and ethnic disparities in the quality of provider interactions were substantial in both 2005/2006 and 2009/2010. Black and Latino parents were significantly less likely than White parents to report that their provider spent enough time with their child and was sensitive to the family's values. Racial and ethnic disparities in health care quality were found to be unchanged over time. Research and policy implications are discussed.


Blacks; Latinos; autism spectrum disorders; developmental disabilities; quality of healthcare; racial and ethnic disparities

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