Primary care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities: 2018 Canadian consensus guidelines [2018]

Objective To update the 2011 Canadian guidelines for primary care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Methods Family physicians and other health professionals experienced in the care of people with IDD reviewed and synthesized recent empirical, ecosystem, expert, and experiential knowledge. A system was developed to grade the strength of recommendations.

Recommendations Adults with IDD are a heterogeneous group of patients and have health conditions and factors affecting their health that can vary in kind, manifestation, severity, or complexity from those of others in the community. They require approaches to care and interventions that are adapted to their needs. These guidelines provide advice regarding standards of care. References to clinical tools and other practical resources are incorporated. The approaches to care that are outlined here can be applied to other groups of patients that have impairments in cognitive, communicative, or other adaptive functioning.

Conclusion As primary care providers, family physicians play a vital role in promoting the health and well-being of adults with IDD. These guidelines can aid their decision making with patients and caregivers.

William F. Sullivan, Heidi Diepstra, John Heng, Shara Ally, Elspeth Bradley, Ian Casson, Brian Hennen, Maureen Kelly, Marika Korossy, Karen McNeil, Dara Abells, Khush Amaria, Kerry Boyd, Meg Gemmill, Elizabeth Grier, Natalie Kennie-Kaulbach, Mackenzie Ketchell, Jessica Ladouceur, Amanda Lepp, Yona Lunsky, Shirley McMillan, Ullanda Niel, Samantha Sacks, Sarah Shea, Katherine Stringer, Kyle Sue and Sandra Witherbee
Canadian Family Physician, Vol. 64, Issue 4, 1 Apr 2018