OSU study reveals people with intellectual disabilities face gaps in healthcare

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People with developmental disabilities may not be getting the medical attention they need.

A study just released from the Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center revealed significant gaps.

Researchers said their review of a 2015 Ohio Medicaid Assessment survey revealed that 14 percent of patients with developmental disabilities from infants to the age of 18, had problems getting needed care, compared to two percent of children without developmental disabilities.

Half of the adults 65 and older with developmental disabilities said they had one or more unmet health care issues, compared to 17 percent of those without such disabilities.

Bottom line: adults with developmental disabilities were less likely to have a primary care physician who spends enough time and older developmentally disabled individuals were less likely to have clinicians who explained things well.

The study is online in the Annals of Family Medicine. It was funded by the OSU College of Medicine Roessler Research Scholarship and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.