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Quality of Life Outcomes for People with Intellectual Disabilities living in staffed community housing services: a stratified random sample of statutory, voluntary and private agency provision

Perry, Jonathan and Felce, David John 2003. Quality of Life Outcomes for People with Intellectual Disabilities living in staffed community housing services: a stratified random sample of statutory, voluntary and private agency provision. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities 16 (1) , pp. 11-28. 10.1046/j.1468-3148.2003.00127.x

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Abstract

Background: Small scale, community-based, staffed housing is a significant form of residential provision for people with intellectual disabilities. Such services are provided by health and local authorities, and voluntary and private agencies, yet little is known about how provision varies between provider sectors. Methods: This study compared sectors in terms of the processes operating within residential services, and objectively and subjectively assessed quality of life (QOL) resident outcomes. Measures of setting structure and processes and resident outcomes were undertaken on a stratified random sample of 47 small scale, community-based residential settings which accommodated a total of 154 people with intellectual disabilities. Results: In general, provider agencies did not differ in terms of the characteristics of the residents they served, the structure of settings, the processes underlying service operation or resident outcomes. However, across agencies there was considerable variation in residents' life conditions when they were measured objectively. Better outcome tended to be significantly correlated with the ability of residents. This was not the case with results on subjective measures (which were also higher than those on objective measures). Conclusions: The results reinforce the need to design services which effectively support people across the ability spectrum. Also, an argument is made for the continued utility of objective measurement in the assessment of service quality.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1360-2322
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 03:45
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/67233

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