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Family Carer and Professional Perceptions of the Potential Use of Telehealth for Behavioural Support

Tomlinson, Serena Rose Louisa, Gore, Nick J., McGill, Peter (2023) Family Carer and Professional Perceptions of the Potential Use of Telehealth for Behavioural Support. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 67 (6). pp. 531-546. ISSN 0964-2633. E-ISSN 1365-2788. (doi:10.1111/jir.13026) (KAR id:100478)



Telehealth (i.e. the use of technology across distance) is widespread in many fields. Although its use for behavioural support for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) is emerging, there are no known studies examining stakeholder perceptions of this.


A four-round Delphi consultation was conducted with 11 professionals and six family carers of children with IDD to generate consensus on what would influence participants' use of telehealth for behavioural support. Data were collected prior to the coronavirus pandemic.


Thirty-six items reached consensus for professionals (26 advantages and 10 disadvantages/barriers) and 22 for family carers (8 advantages and 14 disadvantages/barriers). A range of solutions were also identified for the disadvantages/barriers.


Participants were willing to use telehealth for behavioural support. However, disadvantages/barriers need to be addressed, and guidelines relating to the use of telehealth in this field are needed. We report a number of practice recommendations including combining telehealth with in-person supports where possible, incorporating video technologies, and considering client perspectives and confidence with telehealth methodologies.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/jir.13026
Uncontrolled keywords: carers; intellectual disability; parents; treatment and services
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Serena Tomlinson
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2023 10:39 UTC
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 13:42 UTC
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