Published Reports that make you go DUH

March 4, 2008 Kyron No Comments

New Child Health Data Shows State-to-State Difference in Quality of Care

This is the title of an article that ran the other day on the Science Daily website. This study was one that was that made me go DUH because this brilliant study reveals children with special health care needs, such as autism, ADHD and asthma don’t consistently get the care that is federally recommended. Furthermore there are serious state-to-state differences. See what I mean? We needed a study for this – why didn’t they just ASK us?! Well actually they did…..over 40,000 families were interviewed for this study.

According to this study more than 10 million American children have a special care need – that’s just about 1 in 5 households with children younger than 18. Just as important is that while states have some areas in which they perform well but no state provides all the recommended care to the majority of the special needs children.

Much of what was documented by this study is just plain scary to me. Not that I didn’t know it but seeing it in print makes it that much more scary – something like a Steven King novel. Hopefully having this study to back up what we parents have known for some time helps bring the drastic change that is needed at the state level. I encourage you to go check out both the article at Science Daily as well as the information in the study as it relates to your state by clicking here.  There is incredibly useful information if only someone who could utilize it to make our children’s lives better would read it (not that I’m speaking to any particular politician – although I can think of several who need a sound thrashing with a print version of the entire report)

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