Mater Intellectual Disability and Autism Service (MIDAS formerly known as QCIDD)
CHAP Tool – The Comprehensive Health Assessment Program (CHAP) is designed to help minimise the barriers to healthcare for people with intellectual disability by prompting health care and screening. Developed at The University of Queensland by Professor Nick Lennox, the program is used in Australia by various state governments, other non-government organizations, and in other countries. CHAP is a tool designed to prompt a comprehensive health assessment for adults with intellectual disability. This may potentially help doctors make better diagnoses, provide appropriate treatment and ultimately ensure an overall better health. The CHAP tool is a two-part questionnaire requiring collaboration between the person with the intellectual disability, their supporter and their GP. The first part of the questionnaire creates a comprehensive health history and is completed by the parents, paid support staff and/or person with intellectual disability. The health history is then taken to the person’s GP. Working with the person and their supporter, the GP fills in the second part of the questionnaire. Here, the GP is prompted to be aware of commonly missed, poorly managed or syndrome specific health conditions and performs a review of the person’s health. On completion of the GP’s review, a health action plan should be agreed upon by the GP in collaboration with those involved in providing support or the person themselves. Available at: https://qcidd.centre.uq.edu.au/resources/chap
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