A Case Report for Diagnosing Anxiety in People With Intellectual Disability: The Role of Nurses in the Application of a Multidimensional Diagnostic Guideline

Addy Pruijssers, Berno van Meijel en Theo van Achterberg
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The purpose of this article is the presentation of a multidimensional guideline for the diagnosis of anxiety and anxiety-related behavior problems in people with intellectual disability (ID), with a substantial role for the nurse in this diagnostic process. DESIGN AND METHODS:  The guideline is illustrated by a case report of a woman with ID with severe problems. FINDINGS:  It appears that a multidimensional diagnostic approach involving multidisciplinary team efforts can result in a more accurate diagnosis and improved subsequent treatment. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:  Nurses should be engaged in the diagnostic process because of their ability to make direct observations and to actively participate in carrying out all parts of the guideline.