with adults with Down syndrome must remain vigilant for common health risks of
their patients, and monitor for warning signs on an ongoing basis. Certain characteristics of this population can increase the difficult for clinicians to identify warning signs of emerging health
- cognitive and communicative
impairments that may limited history-taking
- decreased tendency to
complain of pain, or to describe it accurately
- tendency to manifest
medical problems as behavioral problems.
an adult with Down syndrome is in pain, he or she will almost always report
it promptly to a healthcare provider.