Healthy living: A health promotion program for adults with intellectual disability

An, A, McPherson, L and Urbanowicz, A 2018, 'Healthy living: A health promotion program for adults with intellectual disability', Disability and Health Journal, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 606-611.

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Title Healthy living: A health promotion program for adults with intellectual disability
Author(s) An, A
McPherson, L
Urbanowicz, A
Year 2018
Journal name Disability and Health Journal
Volume number 11
Issue number 4
Start page 606
End page 611
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Background: Adults with intellectual disability are more likely to experience a range of physical and mental health problems in comparison to the general population. However with access to appropriate health care and promotion, many of these health problems can be prevented. Objective: To explore the perspectives of stakeholders of a health promotion program established for adults with intellectual disability. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 stakeholders of a health promotion program. Stakeholders included adults with intellectual disability (n = 6), their support persons (n = 4) and program presenters (n = 2). Adults with intellectual disability included three males and three females with a mean age of 45.5 years (range 37-51 years). Interviews were digitally recorded and transcribed verbatim. Transcripts were analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Four main themes emerged from the data. The first theme highlights the positive feedback all stakeholders, especially adults with intellectual disability, had for the program and the second focuses on suggestions for changes to improve it. The third and final themes explore how having input from adults with intellectual disability and their support persons, who have a unique understanding of their needs, could be better incorporated into the development of the program. Conclusions: This health promotion program has been well received by people with intellectual disability when incorporated into their weekly social club meetings With encouragement and training, people with intellectual disability and their support workers could be more involved in the development of the program to ensure it is relevant to their needs.
Subject Care for Disabled
Keyword(s) Coproduction
Health promotion
Inclusive research
Intellectual disability
Research design
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.dhjo.2018.03.007
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