Physical interventions for people with intellectual disabilities: initial survey of training and evaluation of a policy framework

Murphy, Glynis H. and Kelly-Pike, Amanda and McGill, Peter (2001) Physical interventions for people with intellectual disabilities: initial survey of training and evaluation of a policy framework. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 14 (4). pp. 401-411. ISSN 1360-2322. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Background. Physical interventions for people who have intellectual disabilities are sometimes necessary, even though they are known to present dangers to both service users and staff. The present report concerns an initial study of training in physical interventions amongst a group of senior staff and their views on a recent policy framework on physical interventions developed by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) and National Autistic Society (NAS). Method. The participants in this initial study included those who had attended conferences on the policy and those who had purchased the policy document. All participants were sent a questionnaire asking them about their training in, and use of, physical intervention methods, and their opinions on the policy document. Results. The participants came from a variety of services and were relatively well qualified and senior because of the way the sample was derived. They mostly had some training in physical intervention methods, although the type of training varied somewhat with their employing organization. Most participants were very positive about the BILD and NAS policy framework, and about two-thirds of the participants said that their services had, or were developing, a written policy on physical interventions. Conclusions. This group of staff, many of whom were trained in physical interventions, rated the BILD and NAS policy framework as very helpful. There remained a clear need for guidance with respect to the advantages and disadvantages of the many available methods, and an evidence base on which to judge the effectiveness of different methods of physical interventions

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Uncontrolled keywords: CONTINGENT RESTRAINT
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV1568 Disability studies
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
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