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More autism? Audit of the diagnosis in Scottish children
  1. Michael Andrew Colvin1,
  2. Leanne Brennan2,
  3. Kirsty Hogg2,
  4. Helen Taylor1,
  5. Kathleen Skinner1
  1. 1 Paediatrics, NHS Forth Valley, Larbert, UK
  2. 2 Paediatrics, NHS Lothian University Hospitals Division, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michael Andrew Colvin, Paediatrics, NHS Forth Valley, Larbert FK5 4WR, UK; mcolvin{at}nhs.net

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There is widespread concern about the rising prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but if the condition is genetic in aetiology, it cannot be increasing rapidly. Proposed explanations for a spurious increase include a greater awarenessof autism in the general population, misreporting in survey data, changes in diagnostic criteria, lower diagnostic thresholds and a shift from other developmental diagnoses.1–3

The prevalence in Scotland was recently estimated at 1.035% using studies from other developed countries. No diagnostic data have been published, and no national prevalence study is proposed.1 Since 2010, Scottish schools have …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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