The impact of an adult intellectual disability screening questionnaire on service providers and users

Karen McKenzie, George Murray, Aja Murray, Rachel Martin

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Abstract

Background: One contributor to the health inequalities that people with an intel-lectual disability face is failure to identify their intellectual disability. The Learning Disability Screening Questionnaire (LDSQ) can identify adults who are likely to have an intellectual disability, but little is known about its impact.Methods: A modified Delphi approach (literature search, interviews with staff and those using services [n = 28], and completion of an online survey by professionals [n = 29]) was used to develop a framework to evaluate the impact of the LDSQ.Results: Items endorsed by 60% or more of respondents (9/18) were included in the final framework. These all related to benefits of the LDSQ, including identifying peo-ple not previously known to have an intellectual disability; helping prioritize diag-nostic assessment; informing support needs; and helping increase wellbeing and life chances.Conclusion: The LDSQ may offer one way of helping address the health inequalities that people with an intellectual disability face.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-464
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Volume33
Issue number3
Early online date19 Nov 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020

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