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Contact with primary care: the experience of people with intellectual disabilities

Perry, Jonathan, Felce, David John, Kerr, Michael Patrick, Bartley, Stuart, Tomlinson, Judith and Felce, Janet 2014. Contact with primary care: the experience of people with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities 27 (3) , pp. 200-211. 10.1111/jar.12072

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Background People with intellectual disabilities experi‐ence disparities in their health and health care. Annual health checks are intended to counter such disparity by improving access to primary health care. However, little is known about their experience of having a health check or other types of contact with primary care services. Materials and Methods The findings of two studies which used focus groups were combined. 102 people with intellectual disabilities participated in the focus groups. Results Participants' experiences of primary care services generally, and health checks in particular, were positive. However, unanimity was rare on any of the topics discussed and a number of areas of dissatisfaction emerged. Conclusions Further studies with larger and more representative samples are necessary as feedback from people with intellectual disabilities about their experience of contact with primary care staff might help to enhance GP knowledge about their health requirements.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1360-2322
Date of Acceptance: 16 August 2014
Last Modified: 31 May 2019 10:54

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