ERIC Number: EJ819184
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
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Perspectives on Health Care of Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Parish, Susan L.; Moss, Kathryn; Richman, Erica L.
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v46 n6 p411-426 Dec 2008
A focus group study was conducted with individuals with developmental disabilities to understand their perspectives on their health status, health promotion behaviors, and health care services they receive. The majority of participants reported good to excellent health, and all had some form of medical insurance. However, participants reported notable gaps in dental and reproductive health care and age-specific cancer screening. Some adults had good access to medical care, particularly those with a family member or friend who served as their health advocate. Some adults had a sound understanding of their health and health care needs. Program and policy implications are discussed and recommendations are presented to ensure adequate health care for adults with disabilities, including health advocacy training for caregivers.
Descriptors: Medical Services, Health Needs, Health Promotion, Focus Groups, Health Conditions, Caregivers, Developmental Disabilities, Health Services, Adults, Health Insurance
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. P.O. Box 7065, Lawrence, KS 66044-7065. Tel: 785-843-1235; Fax: 785-843-1274; e-mail: AJMR@allenpress.com; Web site: http://aamr.allenpress.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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