A Guide to Understanding Behavioural Problems and Emotional Concerns in Adults with Developmental Disabilities for Primary Care Providers and Caregivers

A Guide to Understanding Behavioural Problems and Emotional Concerns in Adults with Developmental Disabilities for Primary Care Providers and Caregivers

Tool Objective

This guide is intended for use by primary care providers and, where available, an interdisciplinary team (Part A) with input from patient’s caregivers or support persons (Part B). It aims to identify the causes of behavioural problems in order to plan for treatment and management, and to prevent reoccurrence.

Developed by

The Behavioural and Mental Health Working Group of the Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Initiative (2011), chaired by Dr. Elspeth Bradley, Surrey Place  Centre, Toronto

The Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program is currently in the process of updating this 2011 practice resource to reflect the Primary care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities: 2018 Canadian consensus guidelines (Canadian Family Physician, Vol 64: April 2018). Updated practice resources are scheduled to be launched in October 2018.