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Monitoring the implementation of health checks [Abstract]

Perry, Jonathan, Kerr, Michael Patrick and Felce, David John 2008. Monitoring the implementation of health checks [Abstract]. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 52 (8-9) , p. 742. 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2008.01091.x

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Aim: In Wales, one of the government’s strategies to address the health inequality experienced by people with intellectual disabilities has been to incentivise general practitioners (GPs) to offer annual health checks. Data are presented on health check uptake and an auditing system which will facilitate and enhance evaluation is described. Method: Data were collected on the number of invitations for health checks issued, and the number of checks undertaken in each of the 22 welsh local health boards. Data were based on GP submissions to the government for payment under the health check incentive scheme. Researchers worked with the national public health service to develop an electronic version of the health check which will be compatible with GP auditing software. Results: On average, 68% of people with intellectual disabilities received an invitation for a health check. Of these, 33% received a check. Overall, 22% received a health check. There was wide regional variation. Conclusion: Uptake in the first year of the scheme was slow and variable. Systems developed to integrate health checking within GP auditing software will facilitate data collection, enable more detailed analysis and might impact on uptake.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Additional Information: Special Issue: People with Intellectual Disabilities: Citizens in the World Symposium: Assessing and supporting health checks for people with an intellectual disability
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
ISSN: 0964-2633
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 02:01

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