Health professionals working effectively with support workers to enhance the quality of support for adults with intellectual disabilities: A meta-ethnography

David Haines, Alexander Brown

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Abstract

Background: intellectual disabilities. Health and social care professionals increasingly carry out interventions indirectly through those support workers and therefore need to understand how best to collaborate.Paid support workers are often central to the quality of life of adults with Methods: investigating health professionals’ work with support staff. From sixty-two articles retrieved from a database and journal search, seven met inclusion criteria and a metaethnographic synthesis allowed construction of an interpretive line-of-argument.This article synthesizes findings from the qualitative research of others Results: constructs, suggesting that professionals should collaborate by providing effective leadership, working in partnership with support workers and managers and recognizing the influence of organizational structures and context.Thirteen themes within the articles were synthesized into three over-arching Conclusions: a “line-of-argument” is proposed that it could be helpful for professionals to view themselves as part of a “team” with support workers. As these constructs seem reflective of important components of team-work, a ‘line-of-argument’ is proposed that it could be helpful for professionals to view themselves as part of a ‘team’ with support workers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-212
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Applied Research Intellect Disabilities
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2017

Bibliographical note

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Haines D, Brown A. Health professionals working effectively with support workers to enhance the quality of support for adults with intellectual disabilities: A meta-ethnography. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. 2017; 31(2):200–212., which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1111/jar.12343/abstract. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

Keywords

  • health and social care professionals
  • intellectual disabilities
  • metaethnography
  • qualitative research synthesis
  • support workers

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