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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Organizing Healthcare Services for Persons with an Intellectual Disability

Description of Resource: 
Adults with an intellectual disability often have difficulty getting the health care they need. This systematic review of the literature evaluated the effects of different ways to organize services. Seven studies were identified, using different interventions, including giving persons with an intellectual disability more health services, psychological support, and treating them at home instead of at the hospital. The review found that community-based behavior therapy might decrease behavioral problems, but it is uncertain whether other interventions make any difference in reducing behavioral problems.

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Library
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Disability and Health
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Balogh R, McMorris CA, Lunsky Y, Ouellette-Kuntz H, Bourne L, Colantonio A, Gonçalves-Bradley DC. Organising healthcare services for persons with an intellectual disability. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD007492. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007492.pub2. Available from: