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Staffs' knowledge and attitudes towards the health promotion needs of people with intellectual disabilities

Hanna-Trainor, Lisa, Taggart, Laurence, McCaughan, Eilis and Adamson, Gary (2014) Staffs' knowledge and attitudes towards the health promotion needs of people with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27 (4). p. 302. [Journal article]

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URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jar.12107/abstract

DOI: 10.1111/jar.12107

Abstract

Aim: The study was designed to explore the knowledge of residential and day-care staff working with persons with intellectual disabilities (ID) with regards to the health promotion needs of this population.Method: A postal questionnaire was developed and distributed to 600 staff (response rate of 35.5%; N=248). An exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis was conducted on the questionnaire and subsequently amended. The questionnaire was then re-administered to the 248 staff.Results: Results indicated a dearth of knowledge amongst staff regarding this population's physical health needs and understanding of health surveillance. Tensions were highlighted regarding the right to choose versus duty of care debate between the person with ID, family carers and staff. Whose role and responsibility it is to promote the health of this population was highlighted. Education and training around the main health issues, risk factors, health screening and health promotion needs were also highlighted.Conclusion: The tool could be used by service providers and in future research to assess staff's knowledge of health and health promotion needs thus enabling future interventions to be relevant and make a real difference to the lives of adults with ID.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Psychology Research Institute
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Managing Chronic Illness Research Centre
Psychology Research Institute > Population Health Sciences and Mental Health Services
Psychology Research Institute > Psychotraumatology, Mental Health & Suicidal Behaviour
ID Code:29927
Deposited By: Dr Lisa Hanna-Trainor
Deposited On:20 Aug 2014 14:35
Last Modified:04 Jul 2017 14:23

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