Interviewing patients with intellectual disability (ID) can be challenging due to patient factors such as limited communication abilities and difficulty sustaining attention. Physician-related factors that may pose a challenge include limited experience treating patients with ID resulting in a lack of confidence . Recognizing these factors and gaining experience treating these individuals are the best ways to overcome these challenges. When evaluating an individual with ID, it is essential to gather collateral information. If the patient gives consent, it is helpful to have someone such as a caregiver, family member, or other invested party present for the interview, as they are able to provide valuable, objective information. It is important to speak directly to the patient during the interview, even if they are nonverbal or if you are obtaining information from a third party during the interview.
KeywordsIntellectual disability Interview techniques Nonverbal patients
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