ERIC Number: EJ835132
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
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A Pilot of Interventions to Improve Health Care in Adolescents with Intellectual Disability
Lennox, Nicholas G.; Rey-Conde, Therese F.; Faint, Sonya L.
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v21 n5 p484-489 Sep 2008
Background: People with intellectual disability often have poor health which may be improved through better health advocacy and enhanced communication with their general practitioner. To this end, we examined the use of the Comprehensive Health Assessment Program (CHAP) and the "Ask" health diary previously developed for adults with intellectual disability and trialled their use in adolescents attending a Special School. Materials and methods: A CHAP health review completed by both carers and General Practitioners was used to collect information about adolescents' health. An "Ask" health diary was used in school to learn health advocacy and communication skills. Thirty students, their parents and their eight teachers participated in the trial. Results: The CHAP health review resulted in a mean of 5.2 health conditions being found, and 1.4 planned actions by the general practitioner per adolescent. The "Ask" health diary was highly accepted by the students and teachers. There did not appear to be any increase in communication skills of the students after using the diary in the school for one term. Conclusion: The CHAP health review and "Ask" health diary have the potential to improve the health of adolescents with intellectual disability.
Descriptors: Special Schools, Mental Retardation, Health Conditions, Adolescents, Communication Skills, Health Services, Intervention, Diaries, Advocacy, Physician Patient Relationship, Physicians, Medical Evaluation, Caregivers, Students, Parents, Teachers
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