Primary health care for people with intellectual disabilities
Bywood, Petra Teresia
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Over half a million Australians have an intellectual disability and 61% of those have a severe or profound limitation in ‘core’ activities of daily living. The sparse research available concerning health care service use by people with significant intellectual (or physical disabilities) in Australia suggests there is a higher rate of health care service utilisation in this group than for people without disabilities for all health care provider types. While overall utilisation rates appear to be higher in this group compared to the general population, primary health care access may still be insufficient to meet their needs. This RESEARCH ROUNDup investigates the reasons for primary health care disadvantage in people with intellectual disabilities, and strategies to overcome this disadvantage.