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Implications for practice and research
With training and support, nurses/social workers can make an important contribution to the diagnosis of anxiety and challenging behaviour in people with intellectual disabilities.
More research is needed to understand the input of nurses/social workers in multidimensional diagnostics in terms of potential impacts on diagnostic process and quality of care.
In Dutch residential settings, the diagnosis of anxiety and challenging behaviour in people with intellectual disabilities is primarily conducted by psychologists and psychiatrists. Nurses and social workers spend long periods with clients on a daily basis; therefore, they are well placed to identify the onset of mental health problems and changes in behaviours. However, despite their key …
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