The transition from child to adult health services for young adults with intellectual disabilities: An evaluation of a pilot of an online learning resource for Registered Nurses

Michael Brown*, Juliet MacArthur, Maria Truesdale, Anna Higgins

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Abstract

Aim
This study formed the third phase of a national study on the experience of transition from child to adult health services for young adults with intellectual disabilities. The aim of this phase was to evaluate the accessibility and acceptability of an on-line learning resource for Registered Nurses.

Background
The population of young adults with intellectual disabilities and complex needs is increasing. Consequently, more will move from child to adult healthcare, with evidence highlighting that for some their experiences of the transition process is poor. The main study provided contemporary evidence to raise the awareness of Registered Nurses of the needs of young adults with intellectual disabilities and their role in enabling an effective transition from child to adult services.

Methods
The online learning resource was developed and piloted with Registered Nurses involved in the transition from child to adult health services for young adults with intellectual disabilities and complex needs. Data collection involved an online survey and semi-structured interviews.

Results
Twelve Registered Nurses from 2 Scottish NHS Boards completed the questionnaire and 3 participated in a follow-up interview. The findings suggest that the mode of on-line delivery and most of the content of the learning resource were both acceptable and accessible to Registered Nurses across a range of areas of nursing practice. The learning resource was further adapted in response to the participant data.

Conclusion
This on-line learning resources offers the potential for Registered Nurses, and potentially other healthcare professionals to undertake evidence-based, structured further education regarding the effective transitions for young adults with intellectual disabilities and their families.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103424
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Volume64
Early online date07 Aug 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing who were not involved in conducting the study.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 The Authors

Keywords

  • transitions; intellectual disabilities; young adults; health needs; education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Education

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