Health problems of people with intellectual disabilities: The impact for general practice

Jos M.J.A.A. Straetmans, Henny M.J. van Schrojenstein Lantman-de Valk, Francois G. Schellevis, Geert Jan Dinant

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This study aimed to analyse the health problems and prescriptions of people with intellectual disabilities registered with GPs. Within the Second Dutch National Survey of General Practice evidence was gathered on the differences in health problems between people with intellectual disabilities and control persons (without intellectual disabilities). In a 1:5 matched sample, people with intellectual disabilities paid 1.7 times more visits to GPs. They presented a different morbidity pattern, and received four times as many repeat prescriptions. People with intellectual disabilities increase a GP's workload.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-66
Number of pages3
JournalBritish journal of general practice
Issue number534
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


  • Consultations
  • Family practice
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Morbidity
  • Pharmacotherapy

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