Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Medical Management of People with Intellectual Disability in Israel: Current State and Suggestions for Improvement

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Medical Management of People with Intellectual Disability in Israel: Current State and Suggestions for Improvement

Article excerpt

Many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) present a variety of health issues necessitating a more intensive medical care compared to the general population. On top of the health problems associated with this group of clients the physician caring for them has to overcome unique difficulties such as: communication problems, challenging behaviors, complex functional and medical issues. Such issues prevent barriers for the person with IDD from getting proper medical care and impair his quality of life.

The present research: Five nurses caring for individuals with IDD for many years have been interviewed in regards to setbacks in medical management for this group of client, within the Israeli health system.

Results: Difficulties in proper care management, common to previously identified problems around the globe, were associated with communication problems common in this population, lack of knowledge by the health community, attitude by service providers, ethical issues, lack of proper training for health care providers, and more. …

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