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Positive behavioural support for adults with intellectual disabilities and behaviour that challenges: an initial exploration of the economic case

Iemmi, Valentina and Knapp, Martin and Saville, Maria and McLennan, Kathy and McWade, Paul and Toogood, Sandy (2015) Positive behavioural support for adults with intellectual disabilities and behaviour that challenges: an initial exploration of the economic case. International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support, 5 (1). pp. 16-25. ISSN 2047-0924

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Abstract

Background: Since the closure of long-stay hospitals, positive behavioural support and person centred approaches have been recognised and encouraged to support people with intellectual disabilities in the community. Method and materials: A small before-after study was conducted to explore the economic case for a positive behavioural support service for five adults with intellectual disabilities and behaviour that challenges in a small local authority in England. Evidence from a Delphi exercise was used as comparator. Results: The service was effective in improving the outcomes (behaviours that challenge, activity engagement, community participation) at a total cost of services of £2,296 per week. By maintaining persons with less severe challenges in the community (£9 to £164 per week) and those with more severe behavioural needs in less service-intensive residential accommodations (£1,213 to £3,696 per week), the service may potentially reduce public services cost in the long term. Conclusions: The positive behavioural support service may have the potential to improve outcomes and lower cost of care in the long term.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/bild/ijpbs
Additional Information: © 2015 The British Institute of Learning Disabilities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Research centres and groups > NIHR School for Social Care Research
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2015 15:07
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2015 23:00
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/62165

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