The challenge of providing a multidisciplinary response to complex health problems
A developmental disability is a neurological abnormality having its onset in childhood that is associated with long-term neurological and developmental deficits (for example, spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy). Although the degree of physical and intellectual disability varies greatly, people with a severe developmental disability often have very limited mobility, are dependent on caregivers for their daily needs, and usually have several concomitant medical problems. Because of their complex health needs, consensus is growing that multidisciplinary clinics provide the optimal setting for assessment and management of patients with a developmental disability.
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