Adults with Intellectual Disability and the GP

Lennox, Nicholas and Eastgate, Gillian (2004) Adults with Intellectual Disability and the GP. Australian Family Physician, 33 8: 601-606.

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Author Lennox, Nicholas
Eastgate, Gillian
Title Adults with Intellectual Disability and the GP
Journal name Australian Family Physician   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-8495
Publication date 2004-08-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 33
Issue 8
Start page 601
End page 606
Total pages 6
Editor Vassiliadis, B.
Subject 321208 Primary Health Care
321099 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
730300 Health and Support Services
Abstract BACKGROUND General practitioners are the health professionals most commonly consulted by people with intellectual disability. This group of patients can provide unique but not insurmountable challenges to the GP. OBJECTIVE This article outlines the management of this group of patients, and provides strategies for treatment using a case vignette. DISCUSSION While people with intellectual disability frequently have unidentified and/or sub-optimally managed conditions, improvement in their health care can be made through a variety of strategies. These include maximising communication and cooperation with all those involved and ensuring adequate information from support staff. Regular health assessments, which specifically target the commonly associated comorbidity and health screening activities, are also a useful approach. Through collaboration and proactive health care, the quality of life of patients with an intellectual disability can be substantially improved.
Keyword intellectual disability
general practice
health assessments
health screening
general practitioners
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Mon, 22 Aug 2005, 10:00:00 EST by Nicholas Lennox on behalf of School of Medicine