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Project ECHO-AIDD: recommendations for care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Olivia Mendoza (Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada)
Anupam Thakur (Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada and Department of Psychiatry, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada)
Ullanda Niel (Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada and Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities, Toronto, Canada)
Kendra Thomson (Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada and Department of Applied Disability Studies, Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada)
Yona Lunsky (Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada and Department of Psychiatry, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada)
Nicole Bobbette (Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada and School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada)

Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities

ISSN: 2044-1282

Article publication date: 1 November 2023

Issue publication date: 8 November 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to describe patients presented in an interprofessional, virtual education program focused on the mental health of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), as well as present interprofessional recommendations for care.

Design/methodology/approach

In this retrospective chart review, descriptive statistics were used to describe patients. Content analysis was used to analyze interprofessional recommendations. The authors used the H.E.L.P. (health, environment, lived experience and psychiatric disorder) framework to conceptualize and analyze the interprofessional recommendations.

Findings

Themes related to the needs of adults with IDD are presented according to the H.E.L.P. framework. Taking a team-based approach to care, as well as ensuring care provider knowledge of health and social histories, may help better tailor care.

Originality/value

This project draws on knowledge presented in a national interprofessional and intersectoral educational initiative, the first in Canada to focus on this population.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank Dr Elizabeth Grier for her assistance and contributions, as well as the service providers and their patients whose experiences have informed this work.

Declaration of interest: The authors declare no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship and/or the publication of this article.

Funding: This study was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Operating grant MS2‐173090), the Azrieli Foundation, the Queen’s University Thomas M. and Louise A. Brown Research Studentship and the CAMH Koerner Research Scholars: Research Studentship Program for Health Professional Trainees (CAMH 2021-1096).

Author contributions: All authors made substantial contributions to the study design, data analysis and manuscript revision. All authors approved the final submitted version. O.M. attests that all listed authors meet authorship criteria and that no others meeting the criteria have been omitted.

Citation

Mendoza, O., Thakur, A., Niel, U., Thomson, K., Lunsky, Y. and Bobbette, N. (2023), "Project ECHO-AIDD: recommendations for care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities", Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, Vol. 17 No. 4, pp. 292-309. https://doi.org/10.1108/AMHID-06-2023-0019

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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