Ensuring successful admission to hospital for young people with learning difficulties, autism and challenging behaviour: a continuous quality improvement and change management programme
Article first published online: 21 OCT 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Child: Care, Health and Development
Volume 38, Issue 6, pages 789–797, November 2012
How to Cite
Pratt, K., Baird, G. and Gringras, P. (2012), Ensuring successful admission to hospital for young people with learning difficulties, autism and challenging behaviour: a continuous quality improvement and change management programme. Child: Care, Health and Development, 38: 789–797. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2011.01335.x
- Issue published online: 9 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 21 OCT 2011
- Accepted for publication 13 August 2011
- challenging behaviour;
- hospital admission;
- pre-admission planning
Background Children and young people with autism spectrum conditions frequently have adverse experiences in accessing health care.
Methods An audit of experiences of families known to our tertiary service and hospital staff was conducted. A checklist asking about particular aspects of behaviour and communication was developed and incorporated into pre-admission planning.
Results Awareness of the child/young person's communication needs and behaviours, plus good preplanning by all staff involved and a team member allocated to ensure that the care plan is carried through, has resulted in a vastly improved ‘patient experience’ from the perspective of family and staff.
Conclusion Children and young people with autism spectrum disorder, often with co-existing learning difficulties, vary greatly in their reactions to hospital admission. Preplanning that involves the family with a dedicated informed staff member can dramatically reduce distress and improve the patient and staff experience.