Stress and burnout amongst professional carers of people with intellectual disability : another health inequity

White, Paul, Edwards, Niki, & Townsend-White, Clare (2006) Stress and burnout amongst professional carers of people with intellectual disability : another health inequity. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 19(5), pp. 502-507.

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Abstract

Purpose of review

This paper summarizes trends in the research literature about stress and burnout in the lives of people who are the professional carers of people with intellectual disability. The principal time period considered was from 2004 to 2006.

Recent findings

Studies reviewed here focus on several themes including inequities affecting professional carers of people with intellectual disability and the possible effects of some models of care on inequities. Implications for people with intellectual disability are also considered.

Summary

The diaspora of people with intellectual disability into the community and their accompanying services found a whole new set of unpredicted and unprecedented challenges. Life in the community has rendered professional carers of people with intellectual disability more clearly vulnerable to stress and burnout for a variety of complex reasons, some identified and others as yet unrecognized. Lack of support and lack of role definition are particular problems. Presence of physical and mental health inequities result in major disparities in community care for people with intellectual disability.

Impact and interest:

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ID Code: 74774
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: intellectual disability, stress, carers
DOI: 10.1097/01.yco.0000238478.04400.e0
ISSN: 0951-7367
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Care for Disabled (111703)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 06 Aug 2014 22:51
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2014 23:55

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