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Autism: Diagnosis

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the frequency with which autistic spectrum disorder was misdiagnosed as a mental health condition, in the latest period for which figures are available; (200267)

(2) what estimate he has made of the number of occasions on which a misdiagnosis of an autistic spectrum disorder led to an inappropriate prescription of psychoactive drugs in each of the last five years.

This information is not held centrally.

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