The impact of health checks for people with intellectual disabilities: a systematic review of evidence
Version of Record online: 5 JUL 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
Volume 55, Issue 11, pages 1009–1019, November 2011
How to Cite
Robertson, J., Roberts, H., Emerson, E., Turner, S. and Greig, R. (2011), The impact of health checks for people with intellectual disabilities: a systematic review of evidence. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 55: 1009–1019. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2011.01436.x
- Issue online: 20 OCT 2011
- Version of Record online: 5 JUL 2011
- Accepted 12 May 2011
- health checks;
- health needs;
- intellectual disabilities;
Background Health checks for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) have been recommended as one component of health policy responses to the poorer health of people with ID. This review summarises evidence on the impact of health checks on the health and well-being of people with ID.
Methods Electronic literature searches and email contacts were used to identify literature relevant to the impact of health checks for people with ID.
Results A total of 38 publications were identified. These involved checking the health of over 5000 people with ID from a range of countries including a full range of people with ID. Health checks consistently led to detection of unmet health needs and targeted actions to address health needs.
Conclusions Health checks are effective in identifying previously unrecognised health needs, including life-threatening conditions. Future research should consider strategies for optimising the cost-effectiveness or efficiency of health checks.