Implementing Annual Health Checks for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Adults with DD face more health problems and more difficulties accessing health care than other adults. In Canada, primary care guidelines recommend that adults with DD have an annual preventive care assessment, or “health check” to identify and manage health concerns. Yet, in Ontario, only one in five adults with DD receives a “health check.” Our team supported three family health teams in Ontario to implement health checks, evaluate factors that make for a successful roll out, and create solutions for future sites. Our intervention included identifying patients with DD in the practice, inviting them in for a health check, and supporting staff to provide a health review consistent with the guidelines. Click the button below to watch a video where Dr. Ian Casson speaks about our primary care project and what we learned.