Roles of general practitioners in the provision of health care services for people with intellectual disabilities: A national census in Taiwan

Jin Ding Lin, Shang Wei Hsu, Chia Feng Yen, Ying Ting Chou, Chia Ling Wu, Cordia M. Chu, Ching Hui Loh

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Aims The aims of the present study were to explore the perceptions of general practitioners (GPs) in the provision of health care services for people with intellectual disabilities and to analyse GPs' priorities in the delivery of health care services to this group of people in Taiwan. Methods The study employed a cross-sectional design and was conducted by a census method, the aim being to collect information from all GPs in Taiwan. A questionnaire was mailed out, between 10 April 2006 and 16 June 2006, and the responses provided by 331 GPs (response rate = 16) were included in the analysis. Results The results showed that most of the respondents did not have sufficient experience to deal with patients with intellectual disabilities and lacked adequate knowledge about intellectual disabilities. Indeed, respondents expressed the need for on-the-job training in the field of intellectual disabilities and generally agreed that their role in providing health care services for people with intellectual disabilities was important. However, they were generally not satisfied with the achievements of their role on health care issues. The study highlighted that many issues need to be prioritized for people with intellectual disabilities in relation to policy planning at different health care stages (primary, secondary and tertiary health care). The results also revealed that those senior GPs with considerable experience in treating people with intellectual disabilities were more likely satisfied with their role in providing health care for this group of people. Conclusions It is concluded that Taiwanese health and welfare authorities need to focus more carefully on issues concerning deficiencies in the training of GPs, and to employ appropriate strategies to address health care issues raised in the present study so as to improve the quality of care for people with intellectual disabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)582-591
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Volume22
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Family physician
  • General practitioners
  • Health policy
  • Intellectual disability
  • Role perception

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  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Roles of general practitioners in the provision of health care services for people with intellectual disabilities : A national census in Taiwan. / Lin, Jin Ding; Hsu, Shang Wei; Yen, Chia Feng; Chou, Ying Ting; Wu, Chia Ling; Chu, Cordia M.; Loh, Ching Hui.

In: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, Vol. 22, No. 6, 01.11.2009, p. 582-591.

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Lin, Jin Ding ; Hsu, Shang Wei ; Yen, Chia Feng ; Chou, Ying Ting ; Wu, Chia Ling ; Chu, Cordia M. ; Loh, Ching Hui. / Roles of general practitioners in the provision of health care services for people with intellectual disabilities : A national census in Taiwan. In: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 2009 ; Vol. 22, No. 6. pp. 582-591.
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