Down syndrome in Israel: Health care utilization from a national survey

Osnat Luxenburg, Joshua Shemer, Hilmi Arda, Joav Merrick, Hilmi Arda, Joav Merrick

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With longer life expectancy, the population of persons with Down syndrome (DS) is in need of closer surveillance, monitoring, and treatment of medical problems in order to care for and improve their quality of life. This national survey investigated the health services utilization of persons with DS in residential and community care in Israel. A total of 614 persons with DS were found and their medical records reviewed. Heart disease was most common, followed by endocrine and visual problems. This population utilized both emergency room, hospitalization, family, and residential care physician to a larger extent than the general population. As other studies, this survey also showed the large utilization of health care for persons with DS with a life long need for health monitoring and treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-384
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Down syndrome
  • Israel
  • developmental disability
  • health care
  • intellectual disability
  • mental retardation


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