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Do Service Users with Intellectual Disabilities Want to be Involved in the Risk Management Process? A Thematic Analysis

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Background  Involving ID service users in risk decision making necessitates consideration of an individual’s ability to assess the implications and associated risks and thus make an informed choice. This calls for research on service users’ awareness and understanding of risk management (RM).

Method  Thirteen people in a residential ID service who were reviewed under the risk management process (RMP) participated in the research. Thematic analysis explored participants’ knowledge and understanding of risk management to establish ability to make informed choice.

Results  Two main meta‐themes (lack of awareness about RM and awareness about RM) and four meta‐themes (extent of RM awareness, locus of control, compliance and empowerment) emerged. Nine of 13 participants demonstrated some knowledge and awareness of RM and wanted to contribute to the RMP, despite not being consulted about or given the opportunity to be involved in RM.

Conclusions  The majority of service users in this sample had some awareness of the purpose of RM and could make partially informed decisions about whether they would like to be involved in the RMP. The findings highlight the need for professionals to actively attempt to involve ID service users in the management of their own risk.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Primary Care Psychological Therapies Service, Breightmet Health Centre, Bolton, UK 2: Psychological Treatment Services, Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire, UK 3: South West Kent and Malling Mental Health Teams for People with a Learning Disability, Tonbridge, Kent, UK

Publication date: September 1, 2012

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