This study was undertaken to establish the perceptions of psychiatrists regarding the care of people with intellectual disabilities.
A 28-item self-administered questionnaire was developed, piloted and sent on two occasions to 467 psychiatrists who receive the newsletter of the Victorian branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.
The questionnaire incorporated a Likert scale to document the opinions of the respondents.
A response rate of 51.1% was achieved.
The respondents indicated that, in their opinion, people with intellectual disabilities receive a poor standard of care in the inpatient and community setting.
To improve this situation, the following strategies were recommended :
the development of improved liaison between services ;
improved training for all personnel who provide services to people with intellectual disabilities ;
the development of greater resources ;
and support for professionals working in the area.
The study also indicates that there is a core group of very interested psychiatrists who are currently practising and that people with intellectual disabilities are accessing private psychiatric services.
In addition, the results suggest that diagnostic overshadowing is not a major barrier to psychiatric assessment, and that disorders which were presumed to be commonly overlooked by doctors (such as depression) are in fact frequently being diagnosed. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Arriération mentale, Déficience intellectuelle, Trouble développement, Psychiatre, Perception sociale, Attitude, Enquête, Victoria, Australie, Océanie, Personnel sanitaire, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mental retardation, Intellectual deficiency, Developmental disorder, Psychiatrist, Social perception, Attitude, Survey, Victoria, Australia, Oceania, Health staff, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0160401
Code Inist : 002B18H04. Création : 21/05/1997.