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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

Office on Disability and Health, Center for Disease Control and Prevention; Montana DDPAC and NIDRR
Prevention of Secondary Health Conditions in Adults with Developmental Disabilities: A Review of the Literature

Frey, L., Szalda-Petree, A., et al. (2001).
Disability and Rehabilitation, 23(9), 361-369.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible No

Description: This is a systematic review of empirical research utilizing a comparison group or pre-post measures addressing strategies to prevent secondary conditions in adults with developmental disabilities.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Adults with developmental disabilities

Intervention/Assessment: No specific intervention was mentioned. It was a search for primary, secondary, and tertiary preventions.

Number of Studies Included: 25

Years Included: 1994 - 1999




Due to the lack of literature, "little is known regarding the prevention of secondary conditions" in adults with developmental disabilities. Although some prevention techniques were identified, there needs to be more focus on primary preventions.

Keywords: Intellectual Disabilities, Developmental Disorders

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Added to Compendium: March 2012

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