TABLE 4

PCPs’ Perceived Ability to Identify ASD by Racial or Ethnic Group

“How Difficult Is It for You to Recognize the Signs and Symptoms of ASD in Each Group?”
Percentage of PCPs Reporting “Somewhat or Very Difficult”
Subgroup (n)Parents of Non-Latino White ChildrenParents of Latino Children/English PFLParents of Latino Children/Spanish PFLParents of African American Children
All PCPs (267)33.2%34.8%60.4%a37.6%a
PCP Practice Characteristic Subgroups
PCP performs general developmental screening per AAP Bright Futures Periodicity Guidelines
 Yes (81)35.8%37.0%58.4%a41.0%
 No (183)31.8%33.5%61.4%a35.2%
PCP performs ASD screening per AAP Bright Futures Periodicity Guidelines
 Yes (112)29.4%31.2%58.6%a34.3%
 No (154)35.5%36.9%61.4%a39.4%a
Latino provider in practice
 Yes (112)26.1%b27.9%49.6%a30.1%
 No (149)38.6%40.1%b69.9%a,b43.4%b
>25% Latino patients in practice
 Yes (128)27.2%b30.4%46.0%a32.2%
 No (132)40.0%40.1%76.5%a,b43.1%
PCP Personal Characteristic Subgroups
PCP rates Spanish as good or excellent
 Yes (80)32.9%35.4%48.1%a35.6%
 No (183)34.1%35.2%67.1%a,b39.3%a
PCP self-reports very knowledgeable about ASD
 Yes (138)25.6%b27.9%b55.6%a29.9%
 No (125)41.5%42.2%66.1%a45.7%b
  • a Significantly different by parent racial or ethnic and language group (P < .05 compared with parents of non-Latino white Children on McNemar's test).

  • b Significantly different by PCP subgroup (“yes” versus “no” P < .05 on χ2 test).