Recognising the value of involving service users with intellectual disability in healthcare planning
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Recognising the value of involving service users with intellectual disability in healthcare planning

Eileen Dukes Senior clinical psychologist, Kerry Parents and Friends Association, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland
John Sweeney Senior lecturer, Catherine McAuley School of Nursing & Midwifery, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

A bottom-up approach is the best way to inform policy development and deliver person-centred provision, argue Eileen Dukes and John Sweeney

The publication of draft quality standards for intellectual disability services in Ireland by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA 2008) includes recommendations on person-centred plans, and many services throughout Ireland have started using this planning system. This article argues that a standards-based, top-down approach is not the best way to structure and deliver person-centred and culturally sensitive services.

Learning Disability Practice. 12, 10,33-37. doi: 10.7748/ldp2009.12.12.10.33.c7424

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