Health actions prompted by health assessments for people with intellectual disability exceed actions recorded in general practitioners' records

Byrne, Jacqueline H., Ware, Robert S. and Lennox, Nicholas G. (2014) Health actions prompted by health assessments for people with intellectual disability exceed actions recorded in general practitioners' records. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 21 3: 317-320. doi:10.1071/PY14007


Author Byrne, Jacqueline H.
Ware, Robert S.
Lennox, Nicholas G.
Title Health actions prompted by health assessments for people with intellectual disability exceed actions recorded in general practitioners' records
Journal name Australian Journal of Primary Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1448-7527
1836-7399
Publication date 2014-06-10
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/PY14007
Open Access Status
Volume 21
Issue 3
Start page 317
End page 320
Total pages 4
Place of publication Clayton, VIC, Australia
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract People with intellectual disability experience inadequate health care and have unmet health needs that can go unidentified or be poorly managed. Health assessments have been shown to significantly increase short-term clinical activity for people with intellectual disability. The aim of this study was to more accurately quantify the effect of health assessments for people with intellectual disability by comparing health actions recorded in health assessment booklets to actions recorded in general practitioners’ (GPs) records in the 12-month period following the health assessment. Participants were people with intellectual disability who had received a Comprehensive Health Assessment Program (CHAP), living in the community. The CHAP is a health assessment that is demonstrated to significantly increase health actions, compared with usual care, for people with intellectual disability. Data collected from three randomised controlled trials conducted in South-East Queensland, Australia, from 2000 to 2010 were pooled and analysed. The health assessment booklet contained significantly more information on health actions than GPs’ records. Notably, hearing tests (risk ratio (RR) = 5.9; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 4.7–7.4), breast checks (RR = 3.9; 95% CI = 2.7–5.7), and skin examinations (RR = 7.9; 95% CI = 5.9–10.7) were more likely to be recorded in the CHAP booklet. Health assessments increase health actions for people with intellectual disability to a significantly greater extent than previously demonstrated.
Keyword General practice
Health check
Health outcomes
Health promotion
Learning disability
Mental retardation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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