Positive cardiometabolic health for people with intellectual disability


An early intervention framework

People with an intellectual disability (ID) experience poorer health and higher mortality rates than the general population. A major contributor to this health inequality is the high rate of cardiometabolic disease experienced by people with an ID.

Cardiometabolic risk factors for people with an ID differ from the general population; they include higher rates of psychotropic medication prescription and polypharmacy, and certain genetic syndromes associated with ID.

Positive Cardiometabolic Health for People with an Intellectual Disability: an Early Intervention Framework (the Early Intervention Framework) has been adapted from a well-accepted, generalist monitoring framework to address the specific cardiometabolic health needs of people with an ID.

The Early Intervention Framework guides medical professionals through cardiometabolic risk screening, provides intervention strategies tailored to people with an ID, identifies specific syndromes with altered cardiometabolic risk profiles and links to accessible resources for clinicians, people with an ID and carers.

RACGP accepted clinical resource

This resource is endorsed by the RACGP.
This resource is published by NHMRC Partnership Centre for Dealing with Cognitive and Related Functional Decline in Older People