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ERIC Number: EJ985363
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
Disability Support Workers' Knowledge and Education Needs about Psychotropic Medication
Donley, Mandy; Chan, Jeffrey; Webber, Lynne
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v40 n4 p286-291 Dec 2012
Disability support workers are the predominant workforce employed to support people with an intellectual disability in Australia. Many support workers are required to assist people they support to take psychotropic medications in the form of chemical restraint. Support workers in Australia receive limited education and training in this area and as a result may miss important information about effects of medication on the people they support. In this study, we asked support workers about their education and training needs around chemical restraint. Our results showed that while the majority of support workers feel they are provided with good support from their co-workers and supervisors, they feel they need more specific information regarding the side effects of psychotropic medication and its alternatives. Finding ways to support the support workers is crucial if we are to minimise the use of chemical restraint and provide best support possible to people with disabilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia