National survey 2007 on medical services for persons with intellectual disability in residential care in Israel

Joav Merrick, Isack Kandel, Meir Lotan, Shoshana Aspler, Brian Seth Fuchs, Mohammed Morad

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    In Israel, the Office of the Medical Director of the Ministry of Social Affairs is responsible for the medical service in residential-care centers for persons with intellectual disability (ID). A standard annual questionnaire was developed during 1997-1998, and the first national survey study was conducted in 1998. This present paper presents the findings of the seventh national survey in 2007, for which the following information was gathered via questionnaires: age, gender, and level of intellectual disability of persons served at the residential care center in question, status of the population served, functional profile, nursing, medical, and allied professional staff, number of annual examinations, preventive medicine aspects, medications, number of annual cases of infectious disease, annual unintentional injuries, number of deaths, number of hospitalizations, internal residential center hospitalization, ambulatory out-patient use, use of outside laboratory examinations, and dental care. In 2007, 6,872 persons were served in 9 government, 37 private, and 13 public centers. The average number of persons served per center was 116.47 (range 24 to 341). The survey in 2007 showed that 79% of the population with ID in residential care in Israel was between the ages of 20 and 60 years old. 44% with severe or profound ID, 43% with moderate and 13% with mild ID. Twenty-seven percent were nursing patients, and 18% were confined to a wheelchair, 34% had epilepsy, 86% were found to be receiving medication daily for chronic illness, and 51% received psychotropic medication for psychiatric illness.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)575-582
    Number of pages8
    JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 2010


    • Developmental disability
    • Intellectual disability
    • Israel
    • Long term care
    • Mental retardation
    • Nursing
    • Residential care

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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