Severe destructive behavior is at times demonstrated in adults with developmental disabilities. It is important to document the efficacy of interventions/treatments selected to treat that behavior. Not demonstrating efficacy can lead to psychotropic polypharmacy and preventable drug toxicity.
This presentation, intended for primary care physicians, will cover the basics of genetic diagnosis and clinical management of Angelman Syndrome.
Discussion of basic bone physiology and the clinical application of metabolic bone turnover markers in prevention of fractures.
Hypercalciuria (excessive urinary excretion of calcium) is probably common in adults with developmental disabilities. This may increase the risk for kidney stones, renal damage, as well as loss of bone mineral density and fracture. Hypercalciuria may improve when vitamin D deficiency is corrected and also with use of thiazide diuretics.
Longitudinal Graphic Analysis (LGA) is a powerful way to determine and document efficacy of treatments for chronic medical conditions frequently encountered in adults with disabilities, especially those with medically complex developmental disabilities (MCDD). The system of LGA can be useful for clinicians as well as administrators who wish to improve quality of health services for all persons with chronic conditions.
Neurodisabilities Medicine refers to the practice of the medical evaluation and management of adults with chronic brain dysfunction due to many different causes. There are certain concepts that have been found to be helpful in organizing the health professional clinical approch to these medically complex patients.