Supporting primary healthcare professionals to care for people with intellectual disability: A research agenda

Lennox, Nicholas, Van Driel, Mieke L. and van Dooren, Kate (2015) Supporting primary healthcare professionals to care for people with intellectual disability: A research agenda. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 28 1: 33-42. doi:10.1111/jar.12132


Author Lennox, Nicholas
Van Driel, Mieke L.
van Dooren, Kate
Title Supporting primary healthcare professionals to care for people with intellectual disability: A research agenda
Journal name Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1468-3148
1360-2322
Publication date 2015-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/jar.12132
Volume 28
Issue 1
Start page 33
End page 42
Total pages 10
Place of publication West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background
The vast health inequities experienced by people with intellectual disability remain indisputable. Persistent and contemporary challenges exist for primary healthcare providers and researchers working to contribute to improvements to the health and well-being of people with intellectual disability. Over two decades after the only review of supports for primary healthcare providers was published, this paper contributes to an evolving research agenda that aims to make meaningful gains in health-related outcomes for this group.

Methods
The present authors updated the existing review by searching the international literature for developments and evaluations of multinational models of care.

Results
Based on our review, we present three strategies to support primary healthcare providers: (i) effectively using what we know, (ii) considering other strategies that offer support to primary healthcare professionals and (iii) researching primary health care at the system level.

Conclusions

Strengthening primary care by supporting equitable provision of health-related care for people with intellectual disability is a much needed step towards improving health outcomes among people with intellectual disability. More descriptive quantitative and qualitative research, as well as intervention-based research underpinned by rigorous mixed-methods evaluating these strategies at the primary care level, which is sensitive to the needs of people with intellectual disability will assist primary care providers to provide better care and achieve better health outcomes.
Keyword Health assessments
Inequality
Intellectual disability
Primary care
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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