What is it about?

The aim of this study was to explore the suitability of the interRAI ID instrument for assessing the service needs of persons with intellectual disabilities (ID) as described by nursing staff and nursing managers working in a housing service. InterRAI ID (Resident Assessment Instrument Intellectual Disabilities) is one commonly used instrument for service needs assessment. The assessment of service needs among persons with ID is important to identify a person’s needs, strengths and preferences. The interRAI ID instrument seems to be a suitable and useful for the systematic assessment of the health, functional capacity and service needs of persons with ID.

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Why is it important?

Assessing the need for a service helps identify an individual need for support and assistance. Through personalized services, a person receives the help they need, while avoiding unnecessary interventions. In this way, services can be provided not only in high quality but also cost-effectively. The design of services should be based not only on evidence-based practices but also on the wishes of the person themselves.

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This page is a summary of: Nursing staff and nursing managers' experiences of using the interRAI ID instrument in assessing the service needs of persons with intellectual disabilities in housing services, Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, September 2022, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/jppi.12438.
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