Intellectual Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities PSO Safe Table
January 2021

We held a PSO Safe Table focused on Intellectual Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities (IDDD) in August 2020. Twenty clinicians along with a dozen staff of MPCA participated. Andrew Martin, ECRI and Nancy Cronin, Maine Developmental Disabilities Council, presented best practices and vignettes about patients with IDDD. National statistics from the ECRI PSO regarding events with patients with IDDD were culled to include only ambulatory care events. At the end of the presentation a draft tool was shared that guided clinicians in the assessment and treatment of patients with IDDD.

The audience was clearly interested and engaged. At a clinical advisory meeting a week later, we asked clinicians what they thought of the event. Some comments included:

  • “This was a very necessary discussion.”
  • “The topic was very uncomfortable. However, it was not so uncomfortable as to make me shut down, rather it made me interested in learning more.”
  • “We need to learn a lot more about IDDD. We could really use guidance on how to interact with these patients—we never received any training in this.”

Partnering with ECRI has been important. We are delighted to work with such a collaborative and professional team. The draft tool has been finalized and will be cobranded for distribution among all ECRI and MePCA PSO members. We are now including IDDD issues and implications in all of our safe tables.

Resources:
IDDD Readiness form