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Autism Statistics

Experimental statistics
Publication date:
Geographic coverage:
England
Geographical granularity:
Provider, Country
Date range:
01 Apr 2018 to 31 Dec 2018

Summary

These statistics present the number of new referrals to mental health services for which the referral reason was suspected autism, as well as their waiting times to first appointment. These are Experimental Statistics and are being published to involve users and stakeholders in their development and as a means to build in quality at an early stage.

Key facts

These statistics are based on a ‘forward model’ approach – this means that we have identified new patients with suspected autism as their referral reason, and then looked forward to the date of their first contact with services. The main limitation of this approach is that there is a reliance on future data to identify whether care contacts have occurred. For this reason, caution should be used when interpreting these statistics and users should refer to the accompanying Data Quality Statement.

The ‘forward model’ shows that there were 17,970 new referrals for suspected autism in the first 3 quarters of 2018-19.

73% of these referrals do not have a first contact date – due to the limitations of the forward model it is not possible to discern whether this is because records have not been updated or because a contact has not yet taken place.

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Related news

NHS Digital article
14 November 2019
Partial statistics on waiting times for people in contact with autism services have been published today by NHS Digital.
Last edited: 14 November 2019 8:08 am