Adults with developmental disabilities have poorer health and greater difficulty accessing primary care than the general population. The “Primary Care of Adults with Developmental Disabilities – Canadian Consensus Guidelines”, published in the Canadian Family Physician in 2011, make recommendations on how to provide appropriate, effective and ethical care to adults with developmental disabilities in regard to physical, behavioural, and mental health issues. To access the new Canadian Consensus Guidelines click here.
Most adults with Developmental Disabilities reside in and receive primary health care in the community. Following the recommendations in the “Primary Care of Adults with Developmental Disabilities – Canadian Consensus Guidelines”, a number of tools were developed to assist primary care providers such as general practitioners, family physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners in caring for adults with developmental disabilities. To access the tools click here.