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A randomized controlled trial of a specialist liaison worker model for young people with intellectual disabilities with challenging behaviour and mental health needs.

By R. Raghavan, Robert J. Newell, F. Waseem and Neil A. Small


noBackground Twenty six young people with intellectual\ud disabilities and mental health needs from Pakistani and\ud Bangladeshi communities were recruited as part of a\ud bigger study to examine the effectiveness of a liaison\ud worker in helping young people and their families\ud access appropriate intellectual disabilities and mental\ud health services.\ud Method Twelve young people were randomly allocated\ud to the treatment group, which had the help of the liaison\ud worker, and 14 young people were allocated to the\ud control group without the help of a liaison worker.\ud Baseline measures were undertaken with all the young\ud people and their carers. This was followed by a 9-month\ud trial, consisting of the liaison worker helping the treatment\ud group to get in touch with and take up appropriate\ud services, mainly in the areas of psychiatric\ud appointments, benefits advice, house adaptations, leisure\ud facilities and support and care for the young person.\ud The control group participants did not have the access\ud to the liaison worker and were accessing services using\ud the normal routine. Assessments were carried out posttreatment\ud to assess whether the use of a liaison worker\ud had had any effect on outcomes for the two groups.\ud Results Twelve young people completed the study in the\ud treatment group and 14 in the control group. Participants\ud allocated to the specialist liaison worker had statistically\ud significantly more frequent contact with\ud services and with more outcomes, than the control\ud group, and significantly lower scores on the Strengths\ud and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ).\ud Conclusion The use of specialist liaison services in ensuring\ud adequate access to services for young people with\ud learning disabilities and mental health needs from the\ud South Asian community proved to be significant and\ud effective compared with young people and their families\ud accessing services on their own

Topics: Learning disabilities, Intervention, Ethnicity, Family carers, Intellectual disability, Intervention, Liaison worker, Mental health needs,, Young people, Services
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2008.00457.x
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Provided by: Bradford Scholars
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