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Dementia in people with severe or profound intellectual (and multiple) disabilities

Focus group research into relevance, symptoms and training needs

Dementia in people with severe or profound intellectual (and multiple) disabilities

Focus group research into relevance, symptoms and training needs

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BACKGROUND: Differentiating dementia from baseline level of functioning is difficult among people with severe/profound intellectual (and multiple) disabilities. Moreover, studies on observable dementia symptoms are scarce. This study examined (a) the relevance of dementia diagnosis, (b) observable symptoms and (c) training/information needs. METHODS: Four explorative focus groups were held with care professionals and family members who have experience with people with severe/profound intellectual (and multiple) disabilities (≥40 years) and decline/dementia. RESULTS: Thematic analysis showed that participants wanted to know about a dementia diagnosis for a better understanding and to be able to make informed choices (question 1). Using a categorisation matrix, cognitive and behavioural changes were shown to be most prominent (question 2). Participants indicated that they needed enhanced training, more knowledge development and translation, and supportive organisational choices/policies (question 3). CONCLUSIONS: Timely identifying/diagnosing dementia allows for a timely response to changing needs. This requires a better understanding of symptoms.

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OrganisatieHanzehogeschool Groningen
LectoraatHealthy Ageing, Allied Health Care and Nursing
Gepubliceerd inJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities Wiley-Blackwell, Vol. 34, Uitgave: 6, Pagina's: 1602-1617
Datum2021-11
TypeArtikel
ISSN1360-2322
DOI10.1111/jar.12912
TaalEngels

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