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Restraint interventions in people with moderate to profound intellectual disabilities: Perspectives of support staff and family members [2018]

Background
Due to incompatibilities in communication, it is key that family members and support staff can take the perspective of people with moderate to profound intellectual disabilities (ID) whilst putting aside their own perspectives.

Method
Ten vignettes describing types of restraint interventions (RIs) were presented to 20 unique pairs of support staff and family members related to individuals with moderate to profound ID.

Results
In taking their own perspective, more than half of the support staff and family members perceived all RIs as involuntary and severe. In contrast, when asked to put themselves in the position of the client/family member, only three RIs were considered involuntary by a majority of support staff and family members.

Conclusions
These results indicate that support staff and family members can take into account the perspective of people with moderate to profound ID in the evaluation and consideration of involuntary care.

Petri J. C. M. Embregts Annemarieke Negenman Jolanda M. Habraken Marike E. de Boer Brenda J. M. Frederiks Cees M. P. M. Hertogh

Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 07 September 2018

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