Multidisciplinary Approach to Optimizing Pharmacological and Behavioral Interventions for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Who are on Psychotropic Medications
Authors: Huang, Weihe; O’Brien, H.; Kalinowski, Constance; Vreeland, Robert; Kleinbub, Lisa; Hall, Genae
Source: Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, Volume 19, Number 3, June 2007 , pp. 237-250(14)
Abstract:Psychiatric, pharmacological, and behavioral assessments and interventions were provided to consumers with developmental disabilities who were on psychotropic medications. In addition, training programs on the steps in psychiatric assessment, implementation of behavioral interventions, and administration of medication procedures were conducted for service providers working with this population. Following assessments and interventions, 20 of 40 participating consumers (50%) received fewer psychotropic medications while their challenging behaviors could be effectively managed. Service providers receiving training scored significantly higher on post tests than on pre tests on psychiatric assessment steps, medication management procedures, and positive behavior interventions. A high level of satisfaction with the training process was reported by the majority of these participating service providers. The practical implications of the findings of this project were discussed.
Document Type: Research Article
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Publication date: June 1, 2007