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

Sawney, Indermeet, Zia, Asif, Gates, Bob ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7822-6905, Sharma, Anu and Adeniji, Adetayo (2021) Clinical letters to patients with intellectual disabilities after psychiatric review: a quality improvement project. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. ISSN 1744-6295

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Abstract

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
Identifier: 10.1177/17446295211046478
Additional Information: Author(s), Clinical letters to patients with intellectual disabilities after psychiatric review: a quality improvement project, Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. Copyright © 2021 The Author(s). DOI: 10.1177/17446295211046478
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
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Depositing User: Bob Gates
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2021 12:24
Last Modified: 26 May 2022 09:56
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/8208

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