Skip to main content

Table 1 Demographics and practice patterns

From: Practice patterns and determinants of wait time for autism spectrum disorder diagnosis in Canada

Characteristic Total sample (n = 90) Diagnose ASD (n = 57) Do not diagnose ASD (n = 33) p
n % n % n %
Age (years), median; range; IQR 54; 29–77; 42–63 52; 29–77; 41–60 57; 31–76; 45–64 0.17a
Years in practice, median; range; IQR 21; 0.5–46; 8–30.5 18; 0.5–46; 7–28 26; 1–44;13–35 0.08b
Sex
 Male 30 33.3% 19 33.3% 11 33.3%  
 Female 60 66.7% 38 66.7% 22 66.7% 1
Province of practice
 Ontario 39 43.3% 27 47.4% 12 36.3%  
 Alberta 15 16.7% 11 19.3% 4 12.1%  
 Quebec 12 13.3% 4 7% 8 24.2%  
 British Columbia 6 6.7% 3 5.3% 3 9.1%  
 New Brunswick 4 4.4% 4 7%  
 Newfoundland and Labrador 4 4.4% 2 3.5% 2 6.1%  
 Nova Scotia 4 4.4% 1 1.8% 3 9.1%  
 Manitoba 2 2.2% 1 1.8% 1 3%  
 Saskatchewan 2 2.2% 2 3.5%  
 Nunavut 1 1.1% 1 1.8%  
 Yukon 1 1.1% 1 1.8% 0.14c
Catchment
 Within regional health authority 28 31.1% 20 35.1% 8 24.2%  
 Within city only 23 25.6% 15 26.3% 8 24.2%  
 Within province/territory 20 22.2% 15 26.3% 5 15.1%  
 No defined catchment 17 18.9% 7 12.3% 10 30.3%  
 Missing 2 2.2% 2 6.1% 0.07c
Type of professional
 General pediatrician 64 70% 33 57.9% 31 93.9%  
 Developmental pediatrician 23 25.6% 22 38.6% 1 3%  
 Neonatologist 2 2.2% 1 1.8% 1 3%  
 Pediatrician + allergist 1 1.1% 1 1.8% < 0.01c
Extra training in child development
 None 57 63.3% 28 49.1% 29 87.9%  
 Fellowship in developmental pediatrics 22 24.4% 22 38.6%  
 General pediatrics training with additional child development 5 5.6% 3 5.3% 2 6.1%  
 Continuing medical education 2 2.2% 1 1.8% 1 3%  
 Fellowship in pediatric neurology 2 2.2% 2 3.5%  
 Participation in a MDT 1 1.1% 1 1.8%  
 Missing 1 1.1% 1 3% < 0.01c
  1. IQR interquartile range, MDT multi-disciplinary team; percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding
  2. aWilcoxon rank sum test W = 803
  3. bWilcoxon rank sum test W = 758
  4. cUsing Fisher’s exact test