Psychiatric care of adults with intellectual disabilities: Changing perceptions over a decade

Torr, Jennifer, Lennox, Nicholas, Cooper, Sally-Ann, Rey-Conde, Therese, Ware, Robert S., Galea, Jennifer and Taylor, Miriam (2008) Psychiatric care of adults with intellectual disabilities: Changing perceptions over a decade. Australian And New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 42 10: 890-897. doi:10.1080/00048670802345474


Author Torr, Jennifer
Lennox, Nicholas
Cooper, Sally-Ann
Rey-Conde, Therese
Ware, Robert S.
Galea, Jennifer
Taylor, Miriam
Title Psychiatric care of adults with intellectual disabilities: Changing perceptions over a decade
Journal name Australian And New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 440-1614 (electronic); 0004-8674 (paper)
Publication date 2008-10-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00048670802345474
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 42
Issue 10
Start page 890
End page 897
Total pages 8
Editor Peter Joyce
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Subject 920209 Mental Health Services
920403 Disability and Functional Capacity
111703 Care for Disabled
111714 Mental Health
C1
1103 Clinical Sciences
110319 Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy)
920410 Mental Health
Abstract Objective: In light of developments in training and service provision, the aim of the present study was to compare two state-wide surveys, undertaken in 1994 and in 2004, of psychiatrists about their perceptions of their training and psychiatric treatment of adults with intellectual disabilities who also have mental health needs.
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Objective: In light of developments in training and service provision, the aim of the present study was to compare two state-wide surveys, undertaken in 1994 and in 2004, of psychiatrists about their perceptions of their training and psychiatric treatment of adults with intellectual disabilities who also have mental health needs.

Methods: A 50-item self-administered questionnaire was developed for the 2004 survey, based on the 1994 study. This was sent to all 624 Fellows of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry registered in Victoria at the time. A series of questions was asked based on workload, training, the role of psychiatry in intellectual disabilities, opinions on assessment and management, improving services, and the demographics of participant psychiatrists. Results of the 2004 survey are compared with the 1994 study.

Results: There has been some change in psychiatrists' opinions about acute admission wards, believing strongly that they do not meet the needs of the adults with severe intellectual disabilities, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation. There has been some improvement in their ability to adequately manage adults with intellectual disabilities who have mental health needs and/or problem behaviours.

Conclusions: Mainstream mental health services fail to meet the needs of adults with intellectual disabilities. Improved specialist clinical services and more clinical training opportunities are required.
Keyword intellectual disabilities
Mental health
Mental health services
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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