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Title: Perspectives about support challenges facing health workers assisting older adults with and without intellectual disability in rural versus urban settings in Australia
Contributor(s): Hussain, Rafat  (author)orcid ; Janicki, Matthew P  (author)orcid ; Knox, Marie  (author); Wark, Stuart  (author)orcid ; Parmenter, Trevor  (author)
Publication Date: 2019
Early Online Version: 2017-07-05
DOI: 10.3109/13668250.2017.1326589
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/26385
Abstract: Aims: Life expectancy for both sexes in Australia exceeds 80 years, with individuals with intellectual disability also increasingly living into older age. This research aimed to comparatively examine perceptions of staff supporting either older adults or age peers with lifelong intellectual disability. Methods: This project asked 420 medical, health, and support workers about training adequacy, health services access, and trigger points for premature institutionalisation. This paper is based on a subsample of 196 respondents who provided quantitative and qualitative responses. Results: There was considerable variation in confidence in supporting ageing individuals, while only 23.7% of doctors reported their training was adequate to support adults ageing with intellectual disability. A lack of services and poor carer health were identified as triggers for premature institutionalisation. Conclusions: The study revealed key differences in staff perceptions of support provision and training adequacy when comparing ageing individuals with intellectual disability to the general ageing population.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 44(2), p. 174-183
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1366-8250
1469-9532
Field of Research (FOR): 111708 Health and Community Services
111702 Aged Health Care
111703 Care for Disabled
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Appears in Collections:Journal Article
School of Rural Medicine

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