The world health organization's atlas-ID report

Evidence for nurses on global disparities in health care for persons with intellectual disabilities

Joyce Graff, Heather Hall, Stella Nwokeji

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Nurse practitioners, educators, researchers, and policy makers make extremely important contributions to the health and health care of persons with intellectual disabilities and their families. Nurses advocate at local, national, and international levels for needed improvements in services and supports that promote health and prevent illness in persons with intellectual disabilities. In this article, the authors present an overview of the World Health Organization's Atlas-ID, the first global report directed toward improving evidence-based knowledge about services and resources for persons with intellectual disabilities. The authors examined this report and present the findings on serious disparities in the areas of health services for persons with intellectual disabilities; services for their families; access to intellectual disabilities services; education of nurses about intellectual disabilities; and organizational support for health care. The Atlas-ID confirms the contributions made by nurses in the provision of health services to persons with intellectual disabilities worldwide. Although nurses have established themselves in significant positions in the areas of practice, education, research, and policy, nurses and all health professionals worldwide must undertake efforts to address these significant and serious disparities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Volume5
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009

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Healthcare Disparities
Atlases
Disabled Persons
Intellectual Disability
Nurses
Delivery of Health Care
Education
Nurse Practitioners
Health
Administrative Personnel
Health Services
Research Personnel

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  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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