Monday, February 2, 2009

Doctors Reluctant to Treat Disabled Adults, Study Finds

The Arc of Massachusetts, an advocacy group for people with intellectual disabilities, has come out with a new study which finds that many adults with developmental disabilities are still being treated by pediatricians. The study, "Left Out in the Cold: Health Care Experiences of Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Massachusetts," found that many disabled adults face longer waits than most people finding good internists, and that prevents them from get ting the best care for common adult conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, or thyroid disorders. The report found that, among other reasons, many internists avoid patients with disabilities because of uneasiness with them.

Ask any parent and you will hear their struggles to find appropriate medical care, be it an internist, specialist or dentist who understands their adult child's special needs. There is a critical need for doctors to receiving the training and learn more about treating these individuals, who deserve quality medical care just like anyone else.

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