A Case Report for Diagnosing Anxiety in People With Intellectual Disability: The Role of Nurses in the Application of a Multidimensional Diagnostic Guideline1
Article first published online: 13 JAN 2011
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Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 47, Issue 4, pages 204–212, October 2011
How to Cite
Pruijssers, A., van Meijel, B. and van Achterberg, T. (2011), A Case Report for Diagnosing Anxiety in People With Intellectual Disability: The Role of Nurses in the Application of a Multidimensional Diagnostic Guideline. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 47: 204–212. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2010.00294.x
- Issue published online: 23 SEP 2011
- Article first published online: 13 JAN 2011
- First Received September 6, 2009; Final Revision received August 31, 2010; Accepted for publication September 9, 2010.
- intellectual disability;
PURPOSE: The purpose of this article is the presentation of a multidimensional guideline for the diagnosis of anxiety and anxiety-related behavior problems in people with intellectual disability (ID), with a substantial role for the nurse in this diagnostic process.
DESIGN AND METHODS: The guideline is illustrated by a case report of a woman with ID with severe problems.
FINDINGS: It appears that a multidimensional diagnostic approach involving multidisciplinary team efforts can result in a more accurate diagnosis and improved subsequent treatment.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Nurses should be engaged in the diagnostic process because of their ability to make direct observations and to actively participate in carrying out all parts of the guideline.