DDS Preventative Screenings

Updated Preventative Health Screening Recommendations Posted!

The Massachusetts DDS is pleased to announce updated Preventive Health Screening Recommendations for adults with IDD. These tools are for use by clinicians, staff, individuals and families to better understand and advocate for preventive health screenings that are recommended by age and diagnoses. Guidelines are adapted from the Massachusetts Health Quality Partnership (MHQP) Adult Preventive Care Recommendations, US Preventive Service Task Force Guidelines, CDC Adult Immunization Schedules and Consensus guidelines for primary health care of adults with DD.

Brochure: An easy-to-read brochure with preventive health screening recommendations, guidelines for communication, a list of common conditions that may be overlooked and resources for additional information.

Wallchart: This handout describes in more detail, recommended screenings for various age groups or diagnoses. This can be used as a reference guide.

Preventive Health Screening Checklist: This is a summary checklist for use by the self-advocate, family member, or support provider to help guide the discussion with the Health Care Provider (HCP). This form should be completed prior to the individual’s annual visit. Staff should review the individual’s health record and check off preventive screenings that are likely due based on age and other risk factors. These screenings can then be discussed with the HCP at the annual visit.

All three documents can be found at:

Thank you,
Sharon Oxx RN, CDDN
Director of Health Services, Massachusetts DDS
500 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02118


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