A case report for diagnosing anxiety in people with intellectual disability: the role of nurses in the application of a multidimensional diagnostic guideline
SourcePerspectives in Psychiatric Care, 47, 4, (2011), pp. 204-212
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Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
SubjectNCEBP 6: Quality of nursing and allied health care ONCOL 4: Quality of Care
PURPOSE: The purpose of this article is the presentation of a multidimensional guideline for the diagnosis of anxiety and anxiety-related behavior problems in people with intellectual disability (ID), with a substantial role for the nurse in this diagnostic process. DESIGN AND METHODS: The guideline is illustrated by a case report of a woman with ID with severe problems. FINDINGS: It appears that a multidimensional diagnostic approach involving multidisciplinary team efforts can result in a more accurate diagnosis and improved subsequent treatment. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Nurses should be engaged in the diagnostic process because of their ability to make direct observations and to actively participate in carrying out all parts of the guideline.
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