Table 1

Guideline priority criteria

ImportanceGuidelines that address the most prevalent health issues for people with developmental disabilities, especially the leading causes of ill health and death
DisparityGuidelines that address an issue that would not be identified by public health initiatives or illness prevention measures that target the general population
UsefulnessGuidelines that can be practically implemented and evaluated; these refer to health problems that are easy to detect, for which the means of prevention and care are readily available, and which have health outcomes that can be monitored
InformationGuidelines that are supported by reliable clinical information and research evidence
  • Adapted from the POMONA Partnership.8