Primary health care and people with an intellectual disability: the evidence base

J Intellect Disabil Res. 1997 Oct;41 ( Pt 5):365-72. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.1997.tb00723.x.


There is growing awareness of the importance of evidence-based medicine in guiding health care delivery. This paper reviews the evidence pertinent to the delivery of primary health care to people with an intellectual disability. Research concerning issues of health status, specialist knowledge of health care, and barriers and solutions to health care delivery for people with an intellectual disability is presented and discussed. Recommendations for future evidence-based research are made, including suggested areas of importance.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Services
  • Delivery of Health Care / standards*
  • Family Practice / education
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Services / supply & distribution*
  • Humans
  • Intellectual Disability*
  • Patient Care Team
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Primary Health Care*