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The Centre for Effective Practice and the OCFP are looking for family doctors to take part in focus groups related to new clinical tools. Register with Centre for Effective Practice to indicate your interest and receive more details about teleconferences and other opportunities. Tool development expertise is not required – just an interest in improving the tools available to support your practice.


Clinical Tools and Resources for Primary Care

Primary Care of Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: 2018 Canadian Consensus Guidelines - Sullivan, W.F., et al

The Canadian consensus guidelines on the primary care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (2018) outline standards of care to support clinical decision making. They also point to clinical tools and other practical resources for primary care providers developed by the Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program of Surrey Place, Toronto.

In these guidelines, intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) refer to various lifelong limitations in intellectual functioning and conceptual, social, or practical skills that emerge in persons before the age of 18 years.  IDD encompass intellectual disability, developmental disability, learning disability (as used in the United Kingdom) and autism spectrum disorder.

The recommendations offer advice on preventing symptoms in chronic illnesses, minimizing the stress of life transitions and other life experiences, and reviewing multiple, long-term use of medications. The guidelines emphasize periodic preventive health assessments, health action plans and systematic assessment of behaviours that challenge.


Keywords: developmental disabilities, learning disability, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, autism, consensus guidelines

The Clinical Tools and Resources listing links primary care providers with information that may aid in their clinical decision making. In most cases, these resources are created by third parties. The Ontario College of Family Physicians accepts no responsibility for the use or misuse of any of the information provided. Users are required to use their own clinical judgement when dealing with the individual patient.

The OCFP has attempted to provide up-to-date materials for clinician use while recognizing that the rapid evolution of materials may result in the information provided becoming outdated. Users are encouraged to consult the original sources for updated versions as they become available and for further information about the individual resource, its terms of use and limitations. Inclusion in the listing does not indicate endorsement by the OCFP.