Spinal and limb abnormalities in adolescents with intellectual disabilities

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Title Spinal and limb abnormalities in adolescents with intellectual disabilities
Author Lin, Jin-Ding; Lin, Pei-Ying; Lin, Lan-Ping; Lai, Chia-Im; Leu, Yii-Rong; Yen, Chia-Feng; Hsu, Shang-Wei; Chu, Chi-Ming; Wu, Chia-Ling; Chu, Cordia Ming-Yeuk
Journal Name Research in Developmental Disabilities
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract There are not many studies pertaining to the spinal or limb abnormalities in people with intellectual disabilities, without a clear profile of these deformities of them, efforts to understand its characters and improve their quality of life will be impossible. Therefore, this paper aims to describe the prevalence and related factors of spinal and limb abnormalities in adolescents with intellectual disabilities. The participants who participated in health examinations as they enrolled into special schools at the first year, a total of 822 aged 15–18 years adolescents with ID were recruited to this study. The results showed that there were 14.5% and 8.5% cases had spinal and limb abnormalities based on the physician's observation and X-ray test. Factors of BMI level and limb abnormalities were significantly predicted the spinal abnormality occurrence in those adolescents with ID.Gender, disability level and have a spinal abnormality were variables that can statistically correlate to limb abnormality condition. The study highlights that in order to ensure people with intellectual disabilities receive an appropriate quality of care, it is important to have a precise understanding of the ways in which the needs of them who have spinal or limb deformities differ from the sole intellectual disability and the general population as a whole.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2010.01.008
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 31
Page from 686
Page to 691
ISSN 0891-4222
Date Accessioned 2010-11-09
Date Available 2011-03-04T07:03:28Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject PRE2009-Care for Disabled; PRE2009-Medical and Health Sciences
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/36800
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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