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UMass Medical School studying patterns of health care use among people with intellectual disabilities

Massachusetts is one of five states using Medicaid claims data to study how people with intellectual disabilities are using health care services. The study led by UMass Medical School aims to improve the health and well-being of this population and understand their health care patterns.

Telegram & Gazette: Shriver Center projects aim to improve dental care for those with disabilities

Dentists in general practice are taking on more patients with special needs, but those with intellectual or developmental disabilities may still have difficulty finding dentists to treat them. Two Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center projects aim to change that by training dentists how to care for this population and researching the most effective treatment techniques, according to an article in the Telegram & Gazette April 29.

Shriver Center studying falls prevention in people with intellectual, developmental disabilities

Adults of all ages with intellectual or developmental disabilities have the same risk of falling as people in the general population over age 65, but most programs to prevent falls have been designed for the elderly. UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center is studying whether a new program that uses customized care plans can reduce falls among people with disabilities.