Integrated care for people with intellectual disability

Marco O. Bertelli, Luana Salerno, Elisa Rondini, Luis Salvador-Carulla

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Intellectual Disability (ID) is not a disease or a disability, but a syndrome grouping similar to that of dementia, characterised by a pervasive cognitive impairment occurring in the early developmental period. It includes a heterogeneous group of conditions with considerable differences in the nature, ranging from genetic to environmental factors. The prevalence rate of ID for Northern European countries is reportedly around 0.7%, but it may rise to 4% in low and middle-income countries (LAMIC) (Durkin 2002; Maulik et al. 2011; Girimaji and Srinath 2010; Jeevanandam 2009). In these regions the excess rate of ID appears to be associated to fully preventable aetiologies such as teratogens, diet deficiencies, pregnancy and birth-related conditions (Persha et al. 2007; Bertelli et al. 2009). However, the cause remains not identified in 60% of persons with ID.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook Integrated Care
EditorsVolker Amelung, Viktoria Stein, Nicholas Goodwin, Ran Balicer, Ellen Nolte, Esther Suter
Place of PublicationNetherlands
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783319561035
ISBN (Print)9783319561011
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


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