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Psychotropic medication use by adults with intellectual disabilities living in community settings

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dc.contributor.author Sokolowski, Tanya Christa
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-02T18:45:17Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-02T18:45:17Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10464/3950
dc.description.abstract This study examined the variables related to psychotropic medication use among 73 adults with intellectual disabilities living in community residential settings in Ontario, Canada over a one-year period based on staff reports. Despite only 16% percent having a documented psychiatric diagnosis, 84% of these individuals were receiving psychotropic medications, and 74% were receiving two or more psychotropic medications (polypharmacy). Anti-psychotics, anti-anxiety medications, and anti-convulsant medications were the most frequently reported drug classes. While problem behaviour was reported for 60% of the participants, only 33% had a formal behaviour plan. There was a significant relationship between the reported number of problem behaviours and the reported number of prescribed psychotropic medications. Reported medication reviews did not adhere to the Canadian 'Consensus Guidelines for the Primary Care of Adults with Developmental Disabilities' (Sullivan et aI., 2006). Results, based on staff reports, suggested incongruence with recommended best practices, and raised concern about over-reliance on psychotropic medication with these individuals. Keywords: intellectual disabilities, psychotropic medication, problem behaviour en_US
dc.subject People with mental disabilities en_US
dc.subject Psychotropic drugs en_US
dc.subject Community mental health services -- Ontario en_US
dc.title Psychotropic medication use by adults with intellectual disabilities living in community settings en_US
dc.degree.name M.A. Applied Disability Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Department ofChild and Youth Studies en_US
dc.degree.discipline Faculty of Social Sciences en_US


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