ERIC Number: EJ1035509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
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Hospitalizations of Adults with Intellectual Disability in Academic Medical Centers
Ailey, Sarah H.; Johnson, Tricia; Fogg, Louis; Friese, Tanya R.
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v52 n3 p187-192 Jun 2014
Individuals with intellectual disability (ID) represent a small but important group of hospitalized patients who often have complex health care needs. Individuals with ID experience high rates of hospitalization for ambulatory-sensitive conditions and high rates of hospitalizations in general, even when in formal community care systems; however, no research was found on the common reasons for which this population is hospitalized. Academic medical centers often treat the most complex patients, and data from these centers can provide insight into the needs of patient populations with complex needs. The purpose of this study was to analyze descriptive data from the UHC (formerly known as the University Healthsystem Consortium; an alliance of 115 U.S. academic medical centers and 300 of their affiliated hospitals) regarding common reasons for hospitalization, need for intensive care, and common hospitalization outcome measures of length of stay and complications for adult (age = 18) patients with ID. Findings indicate the need for specific attention to the needs of hospitalized patients with ID.
Descriptors: Hospitals, Mental Retardation, Colleges, Institutional Cooperation, Health Needs, Patients, Adults
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. P.O. Box 1897, Lawrence, KS 66044-1897. Tel: 785-843-1235; Fax: 785-843-1274; e-mail: AJMR@allenpress.com; Web site: http://aaidd.allenpress.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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