HEalth CHecks for adults with Intellectual Disabilities (the HECHID study)

Anticipatory health care has been suggested, and introduced in some places, to address the substantial health inequalities experienced by adults with intellectual disabilities'.  We have recently completed the first randomised controlled trial in the UK health-care system of health checks versus standard care only, and the first anywhere in the world where practice nurses delivered the health checks for adults with intellectual disabilities'.  We found that the intervention effected health care improvements which may benefit longer-term health.  It was also cheaper and more cost effective when compared with standard care only.  These were the health check tools that were used in the trial.