Interprofessional Health Care Teams

Interprofessional Health Care Teams

Integrated team

Engage in or support developing an integrated health care team of professionals, preferably ones who are familiar with adults with IDD (eg, medical specialists, pharmacists, audiologists, speech and language pathologists, dentists, dieticians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, behaviour therapists and those providing community supports).14, 50, 51

Strongly Recommended

Empirical Experiential

Interprofessional health care teams can assess and address holistically a range of health and developmental needs48 and, with sufficient supports, can improve outcomes of care.49 Such teams should be integrated (eg, the Patient’s Medical Home model).8, 14

Designate a lead

Designate someone to lead, coordinate, and integrate team input.48

  Strongly Recommended

Empirical Experiential

Interprofessional health care teams can assess and address holistically a range of health and developmental needs48 and, with sufficient supports, can improve outcomes of care.49 Such teams should be integrated (eg, the Patient’s Medical Home model).8, 14

The Patient`s Medical Home

Learn more about Team Based Care in the Patient’s Medical Home developed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, available at the Patient’s Medical Home website.

Learn how to implement these guideline recommendations into your practice from selected articles in the special issue on primary care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Canadian Family Physician, Vol 64 (suppl 2): S1-78, April 2018:


Circles of care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities: Communication, collaboration, and coordination


Health check for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a family practice

8. College of Family Physicians of Canada. A vision for canada: Family practice – the patient’s medical home. Toronto: College of Family Physicians of Canada; 2011.

14. Grier L. Chapter 26: Medical home. In: Rubin IL, Merrick J, Greydanus DE, Patel DR, editors. Health care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Rubin and Crocker 3rd ed. Springer; 2016. p. 289-300.

49. Goreczny AJ, Hobbs ER, Peterson LM, Bosse RM, Perrell CJ. Improving quality of care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities via consultation: Process improvement and support of interprofessional teams. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2015;2(1):19-25.

50. Bradley E, Korossy M. HELP with behaviours that challenge. Journal on Developmental Disabilities. 2016;22(2):101-20.

51. Lindsay P, Hoghton M. Chapter 28: Practicalities of care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In: Rubin IL, Merrick J, Greydanus DE, Patel DR, editors. Health care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Rubin and Crocker 3rd ed. Springer; 2016. p. 313-34.

48. Charlot LR. Chapter 132: Multidisciplinary assessment. In: Rubin IL, Merrick J, Greydanus DE, Patel DR, editors. Health care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Rubin and Crocker 3rd ed. Springer; 2016. p. 1677-98.

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