Approaches to Care

These tools have been developed to help primary care clinicians, such as physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, in implementing the recommendations from the 2018 Canadian consensus guidelines on the primary care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities into clinical practice.

The tools in this section are recommended in the Approaches to Care section of the guidelines and include tools that facilitate getting consent from patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities, give tips about communicating effectively, and outline preventive care assessments. Tools such as My Health Visit help primary care providers, patients, and families/support persons in preparing for a visit to the doctor with adults with IDD. The use of these adapted practice approaches may require more time than usual for a medical visit.

This section focuses on some initial differences that you may encounter in providing care to this underserved population. These tools address those issues.


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