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Individualised approach to health promotion is needed for individuals with mild-to-moderate intellectual disability
  1. Owen Doody
  1. Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Owen Doody Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences Building, North Bank Campus, University of Limerick, Limerick V94 T9PX, Ireland; owen.doody{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • An individualised approach to health promotion needs to be fostered to adapt health promotion activities for people with intellectual disability so that they are more meaningful and accessible.

  • To reduce health disparity, health promotion needs to target all persons with intellectual disability regardless of the range or complexity of disability.


Across the international literature it is recognised that people with intellectual disability have poorer health and significantly more health problems than the general population.1 Many health and secondary health problems can be prevented or improved through health promotion. However, given the complexity of intellectual disability (pre-existing conditions/syndromes, comorbidities), personalised health promotion interventions are needed to promote healthy lifestyles.1 Without …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.