Clinical letters to patients with intellectual disabilities after psychiatry review: a quality improvement project

Sawney, Indermeet, Zia, Asif, Sharma, Anu, Adeniji, Adetayo and Gates, Bob ORCID: (2021) Clinical letters to patients with intellectual disabilities after psychiatry review: a quality improvement project. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. ISSN 1744-6295

Easy Read Article- QIP- Easy Read Clinic Outcome.pdf - Accepted Version

Download (467kB) | Preview


Aim: This Quality Improvement Project sought to improve communication between patients with intellectual disabilities and their psychiatrists by sharing medical information using an easy read letter format following psychiatric review.
Background: Writing directly to patients is in keeping with good medical practice. Previous studies have shown patients with intellectual disabilities prefer letters tailored to meet their needs.
Method: An easy read letter was used by 9 psychiatrists who handed them to 100 consecutive patients after review. Feedback of acceptability to patients was obtained using a 3-item facial rating scale and the use of free text. Feedback of acceptability was obtained from participating psychiatrists.
Results: Patients found the easy read letter helpful and felt it should be used routinely. Psychiatrists felt this approach was beneficial as well as aiding patient understanding of review.
Conclusions: The easy read letter improved communication following psychiatric review. Whereas limitations are acknowledged the authors still conclude that an easy read letter should be adopted as routine practise following psychiatric review, for people with intellectual disabilities.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an accepted manuscript of an article due to be published by Sage in Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. For more details:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Intellectual disabilities, psychiatry review, Quality Improvement Project, Clinical letters.
Subjects: Medicine and health > Nursing > Learning disabilities nursing
Medicine and health > Mental health
Medicine and health > Clinical medicine
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Bob Gates
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2021 12:24
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2021 08:21


Downloads per month over past year

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item