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Outcomes and costs of skilled support for people with severe or profound intellectual disability and complex needs

Beadle-Brown, Julie, Beecham, Jennifer, Leigh, Jennifer, Whelton, Rebecca and Richardson, Lisa (2020) Outcomes and costs of skilled support for people with severe or profound intellectual disability and complex needs. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. ISSN 1360-2322

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Identification Number: 10.1111/jar.12782

Abstract

Background: With increasing reductions in funding for social care across many countries, the need to ensure that resources are used to best effect is becoming increasingly important, in particular for those with severe and complex needs. Methods: In order to explore the outcomes and costs of skilled support for this group of people, quality of life was assessed for 110 people in 35 services in England. Information on costs was also collected. Results: People who received consistently good active support experienced better outcomes in terms of several quality of life domains. Good support did not require significantly more staff time, and there was no evidence of higher total costs for those receiving good support. Conclusions: The inclusion of active support in government guidance and local commissioning practices related to people with severe intellectual disabilities is likely to improve user outcomes. Observation should be an important element in measuring service quality.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14683148
Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2020 10:54
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2020 06:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/106142

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