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Prevalence, trends in diagnosed learning disability among US children and adolescents

JAMA Pediatrics

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About The Study: Based on U.S. nationally representative data, the estimated learning disability prevalence was 8.83% among children and adolescents ages 6 to 17 from 1997 to 2021, which was slightly higher than that from a previous National Health Interview Survey study from 2009 to 2017 (7.74%). These data indicate that learning disability is a common chronic condition among U.S. children, affecting about 9 in 100 overall. In this population-based study, no significant annual change was found. 

Authors: Wenhan Yang, M.D., Ph.D., and Qingsong Chen, M.D., Ph.D., of Guangdong Pharmaceutical University, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, are the corresponding authors.

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(doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2023.2117)

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