Study Concludes People with IDD Receive Worse Healthcare
A new study underlines the importance of active, effective, and direct healthcare advocacy by direct support professionals.
Using data from the 2015 Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey, the study looked at the health status and outcomes of more than 40,000 Ohio adults and 10,000 children. As it stands, care received by Ohians with IDD lags behind everyone else.
“One of the big problems that we saw is that we have these huge health-care disparities and yet we’re not training future physicians to even provide adequate care to patients with such complex needs,” said lead author Jessica Prokup, a third-year medical student at Ohio State’s College of Medicine and a fellow at the Nisonger Center for people with disabilities at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.
“And not enough people see it as an issue to begin the process of change.”