Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN)

General practice and the delivery of primary health care to people with intellectual disability – problems managed and treatment provided.

Project Members
Project Main Description

This project involves an analysis of the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) data set (January 2003-December 2012) to identify: the problems and disorders for which people with ID seek medical and mental health care in Australia, the way in which the problems and disorders are managed, the treatments offered, the characteristics of the general practitioners (GPs) who provide care to people with an intellectual disability (ID), and the length and type of consultation.

This research will provide a unique insight into the provision of primary care to people with an ID and how their needs may differ from the general population and from people with developmental delay and autism. The findings will inform recommendations to address the existing inequities in access to primary care and health outcomes experienced by this important minority group.

Further Information

Publications

Weise, J., Pollack, A. J., Britt, H., & Trollor, J. (2016). Primary Health Care for People with an Intellectual Disability: An Exploration of Demographic Characteristics and Reasons for Encounters from the BEACH program. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, In press. doi: 10.1111/jir.12301

Weise, J., Pollack, A. J., Britt, H., & Trollor, J. N. (2016). Who provides primary health care for people with an intellectual disability: General practitioner and general practice characteristics from the BEACH dataset. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 1-6.

Weise, J., Pollack, A. J., Britt, H., & Trollor, J. N. (2017). Primary health care for people with an intellectual disability: an exploration of consultations, problems identified, and their management in Australia. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, doi: 10.1111/jir.12352

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