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Publication Details

What is standard care for people with learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges and what does it cost?
Iemmi V, Knapp M, Gore N, Cooper V, Brown FJ, Reid C, Saville M, BC Delphi Group (2016)
British Journal of Learning Disabilities 44 4 309-321
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bld.12168 (available online 17 June 2016)

Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bld.12168/full


Abstract:

Background: We describe current care arrangements in England for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges, and estimate their comparative costs.

Materials and Methods: A two-round Delphi exercise was performed in March and April 2014, followed by a costing exercise.

Results: The study finds a mixed picture: participants reported that 6087% of children, 6688% of young people and 3447% of adults were likely to be living within the community. Annual cost of care would range between 39 612 and 74 876 for children, between 35 235 and 52 832 for young people and between 81 478 and 94 799 for adults.

Conclusion: While residential-based care may continue to be necessary for respite or for individuals with particular needs, community-based care may be an economically attractive alternative, supporting the inclusion of people with learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges within their communities, potentially at a lower cost.