Respondent and informant accounts of psychiatric symptoms in a sample of patients with learning disability

Moss, S, Prosser, H, Ibbotson, B and Goldberg, D 1996, 'Respondent and informant accounts of psychiatric symptoms in a sample of patients with learning disability' , Journal of Intellectual and Disability Research, 40 (5) , pp. 457-465.

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This paper investigates differences in the nature and frequency of psychiatric symptoms reported by patients with learning disability and key informants. The study involved psychiatric assessment of 100 patients with learning disabilities and key informants using the Psychiatric Assessment Schedule for Adults with a Developmental Disability (PAS-ADD), a semi-structured psychiatric interview developed specifically for people who have a learning disability. There was considerable disagreement between respondent and informant interviews: only 40.7% of cases were detected by both interviews. Respondents were more likely to report on autonomic symptoms and certain psychotic phenomena. Other anxiety and depression symptoms were more frequently reported by informants. The results indicate that it is crucial for sensitive case detection to complete both interviews where possible. If the respondent cannot be interviewed, panic disorder or phobias may be particularly difficult to detect.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Intellectual and Disability Research
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1365-2788
Depositing User: H Prosser
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2011 10:50
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2018 15:07

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