16 Percent Increase Seen In Childhood Disability Over Past Decade
[Source: Medical News Today]
More children today have a disability than a decade ago, and the greatest increase is among kids in higher-income families, according to a study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC.
The study also found that disabilities related to physical health conditions have decreased, while disabilities due to neurodevelopmental and mental health problems have increased greatly.
“Nearly 6 million kids had a disability in 2009-2010 – almost 1 million more than in 2001-2002,” said lead author Amy J. Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH, chief, Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and pediatrics at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
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