Original Article

Health of the Children with Intellectual Disability Being Cared at The Primary Care Center in Adıyaman


  • İbrahim Hakan Bucak
  • Habip Almış
  • Velat Çelik
  • Mehmet Tekin
  • Mehmet Turgut

Received Date: 12.05.2015 Accepted Date: 12.08.2015 J Pediatr Res 2016;3(1):18-22


Millions of people around the world live together with individuals with intellectual diasability in the family, at school, at work. There are rehabilitation centers opened and managed by the State for individuals with intellectual disabilities. In this study, we aimed to review the health screening results of patients being cared at The Adıyaman 80th Anniversary Mental Retardation and Rehabilitation Center.

Materials and Methods:

Thirty-one disabled male children’s health screeing results from December 2014 routine were evaluated retrospectively. The weight and height measurements of all patients, body mass indices, nutritional status, presence of comorbid disease, chronic drug usage, and IQ scores were recorded.


Thirty-one male patients, ages ranging between 7 and 18 were included in the study. Twelve (% 38.7) patients’ heights and eight (25.8%) patients’ weights were less than the third percentile. Twenty eight (90.2 %) patients had had Hepatitis B Vaccine. The number of IgG anti-HAV positive patients was 25 (80.6%). When the patients were grouped according to the severity level of intellectual disability; ten (33.4 %) patients were mild, eleven (36.7 %) were moderate, two (% 6.6) patients were severe, four (% 13.4) were profound and three (% 9.9) patients were of severity undetermined. A patient was excluded because of being transferred to another center.


Several rehabilitation centers of international standards are present in Turkey. The number of these centers should be increased, and the data pertaining to health screening results of residents should be available for use of other researchers.

Keywords: Intellectual disabled, childhood, health screening, facility care

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