Health promotion and screening for people with an intellectual disability

Awan, Hassan orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8025-0426 and Chauhan, Umesh orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-0747-591X (2017) Health promotion and screening for people with an intellectual disability. Innovait, 10 (3). pp. 157-164. ISSN 1755-7380

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People with intellectual disability have significantly worse health than those without, and have a higher level of complex health needs. The life expectancy for men and women is 13 and 20 years shorter, respectively, than the general population. The increasing role of general practice in delivering and coordinating care across health and social care settings requires expert generalist skills to implement an integrated approach to care. This article explores how general practice can improve the health of people with intellectual disability, by making reasonable adjustments within health promotion, disease prevention, screening and detection.

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