Mental health assessment in people with learning disability can be a challenging process for clinicians. The more severe the cognitive impairment and level of learning disability, the less likely it is that the clinician can reliably confirm the diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder. Coordinated, multi‐modal interdisciplinary team assessment is the way forward, as it draws together the bio‐psychosocial model of interviewing and mental health care planning. In this article we go through the psychiatric assessment structure and highlight the differences in assessing people with learning disability compared with their peers in the general population. We give special consideration to mental health assessments in emergency settings, and to people with challenging behaviour.
Al‐Sheikh, A. and O'Hara, J. (2008), "Psychiatric and mental state assessment in learning disabilities", Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Vol. 2 No. 4, pp. 21-28. https://doi.org/10.1108/17530180200800036Download as .RIS
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