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The Views of Carers of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities on Annual Health Checks

Final Report

The Annual Health Check (AHC) for people with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) was set up in 2008-2009 to monitor their health under the NHS Direct Enhanced Services (DES). Around 85% of GPs are signed up to the scheme but currently only about 44% of ID people receive an AHC.

The aim of this study was to discover the percentage of adults with ID reported as not having AHC by carers, the reasons for not having AHC and their satisfaction with the AHC. Also, it was determined from comments how the Annual Health Check can be improved.

Various comparisons were made for example, the demographic/biographic data of carer was compared with whether or not the person with ID goes for AHCs. Gender and the level of intellectual disability of the ID person was compared with whether or not the person with ID goes for AHCs. Also, whether a doctor or nurse doing AHC affects the person’s or carer’s satisfaction. Satisfaction with the AHC before and after being told the tests available and a comparison of the number of tests being done against doctor or nurse and against satisfaction levels were also determined. Qualitative comparisons/correlations included themed comparisons of comments.