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Psychiatry of Learning Disability

Stopping Over-Medication of People with intellectual disability, autism or both (STOMP): Attitudes and beliefs of patients with intellectual disability and carers

  • Dr Asit Biswas 

The STOMP campaign is supported by NHS England, aiming to reduce inappropriate prescribing of psychotropic medication, including antipsychotics used off-label, to manage behaviour that challenges in people with intellectual disability, autism or both. Attitudes and beliefs with regard to the use of psychotropic medication in people with intellectual disability, autism or both, for behaviour that challenges vary among carers and patients with intellectual disability

Awareness of alternatives to psychotropic medication, such as the use of positive behaviour support, communication strategies, environmental measures and sensory integration support among carers and people with intellectual disability needs to be further improved, aiming to enhance the quality of life of people with intellectual disability, autism or both.

This project aims to explore attitudes and beliefs of patients and carers regarding the use of psychotropic medication for behaviour that challenges, and towards alternatives to psychotropic medication. It also aims to ascertain carers views on receiving standardised mandatory training for supporting people with intellectual disability, autism or both, with regard to behaviour that challenges. 

The project would involve a detailed literature review, learning survey methods using questionnaires, developing appropriate easy-read questionnaires for patients and carers for this project, data analysis, recommendations and dissemination of findings.

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