Jo Moriarty summarises an Australian study which visualises conversations between care home staff and residents with dementia.[read the full story...]
Rosalyn Nelson presents the findings of a small RCT of Pivotal Response Treatment groups for parents of children with autism, which has promising results in terms of encouraging children to communicate.[read the full story...]
This is a summary of a report called Knowledge exchange in health-care commissioning, published by the National Institute for Health Research.[read the full story...]
How do staff and family carers recognise when somebody they support is in pain and what emotional impact does this have on them?
Here, Nick Burton looks at a small scale qualitative study, which set out to explore this issue for some paid carers and family carers.[read the full story...]
Intensive interaction is an accepted approach to working with people with learning disabilities and/or autism, but how much do we know about its effectiveness?
Here, Katherine Runswick Cole looks at a review of literature that addresses this question.[read the full story...]
Martin Webber critiques a US study capturing service user views on shared decision making in mental health care and discusses possible implications for social work.[read the full story...]
Some people with learning disabilities may find it difficult to learn social rules and behaviours, which can impact on involvement and engagement in their commnunities.
In her debut blog, Mandy Johnson looks at a project in the Republic of Ireland which set out to help people consider the desirability of a range of social behaviours and the complexities of social context.[read the full story...]
Kirsten Lawson reviews a randomised controlled trial looking at the impact of providing clinician photos on inpatient’s recall of names and roles. Is this an effective way to improve communication between inpatients and their care team?[read the full story...]
The aim of this literature review from the Policy Research Unit in Commissioning at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, is to help decision-makers support acute care, by moving some services out of the hospital, and into the community.[read the full story...]
Martin Webber looks at a rare social work randomised controlled trial (RCT) on relationship training for practitioners working with children and families and finds that even findings from a study using ‘gold standard’ research methodology have to be carefully examined for reliability.[read the full story...]