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ERIC Number: EJ1168525
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
The Use of Psychotropic Medication for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Behaviours That Challenge in the Context of a Community Multidisciplinary Team Approach
Niven, Abigail; Goodey, Rebecca; Webb, Alison; Shankar, Rohit
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v46 n1 p4-9 Mar 2018
Background: The use of psychotropic medication to manage challenging behaviours of people with intellectual disabilities is a contentious issue which NHS England has now focused on. This paper looks to evaluate this within the multidisciplinary context. Method: Records of clients (n = 106) open to a Community Intellectual Disabilities team for care relating to challenging behaviours were examined. Those recommended psychotropic medications in the absence of a mental health diagnosis were scrutinised for supporting MDT assessments. Results: Over half the clients with challenging behaviours were being prescribed psychotropic medications and many of those had very few MDT assessments to inform care. Conclusions: This study demonstrates the extent psychotropics are used in the absence of MDT informed support for people with intellectual disabilities and behaviours that challenge. A vision to simply withdraw such medication might be simplistic. Local MDT plans are in development to systematically reduce reliance on this type of restrictive practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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