The impact of the quality of behaviour support plans on the use of restraint and seclusion in disability services

Webber, Lynne, Richardson, Ben, Lambrick, Frank and Fester, Tarryn 2012, The impact of the quality of behaviour support plans on the use of restraint and seclusion in disability services, International journal of positive behavioural support, vol. 2, no. 2, Autumn, pp. 3-11.

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Title The impact of the quality of behaviour support plans on the use of restraint and seclusion in disability services
Author(s) Webber, Lynne
Richardson, Ben
Lambrick, Frank
Fester, Tarryn
Journal name International journal of positive behavioural support
Volume number 2
Issue number 2
Season Autumn
Start page 3
End page 11
Total pages 9
Publisher British Institute of Learning Disabilities
Place of publication Kidderminster, England
Publication date 2012-09-01
ISSN 1098-3007
1538-4772
Keyword(s) behaviour support
disability services
Summary Background: Behaviour support plan (BSP) quality is known to be an important aspect of the support provided to people with disability who show challenging behaviours and has been found to lead to reductions in challenging behaviour. Preliminary evidence suggests that quality of plans is associated with reductions in the use of restraint
and seclusion.
Method and materials: Quality of a sample of behaviour support plans was assessed using the Behaviour Support Plan – Quality Evaluation II (BSP-QE II) Guide (Browning Wright, Saren & Mayer, 2003). Episodes of restraint and seclusion before and during implementation of plans were examined by comparing restraint and seclusion use between individuals with high quality versus low quality plans.
Results: Compared to individuals with low quality plans, individuals with high quality plans were found to be subjected to less restraint and seclusion over time, while those with low quality plans were subjected to increases. With the exception of one quality component, all components in high quality plans were found to be associated with decreases in restraint and seclusion use.
Conclusions: The results support earlier preliminary findings that quality of behaviour support plans are associated with reductions in restrictive intervention use. The findings are important because they suggest that increasing quality of behaviour support plans may lead to decreases in restraint and seclusion over time.
Language eng
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050093

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