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GPs urged to keep register of autistic patients

GPs are being encouraged to keep a register of autistic patients, the BBC reports. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says that a register would help GPs be aware of the specific needs of autistic adults and children and enable staff to adjust their approach to meet their needs. A register would also help plan local services. Mark Lever, chief executive of the National Autistic Society, welcomes the proposal, but adds:"it must be accompanied by continued efforts to improve GPs' understanding of autism so they can recognise the needs of different autistic people and provide the right care and guidance."

Date added: 2 August 2017