A Program for Direct Support Professionals To Promote a Healthy Lifestyle
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
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Background: A healthy lifestyle is not obvious for people with moderate, severe and profound intellectual disabilities. Direct support professionals (DSPs) can provide support but need knowledge and skills to support healthy living. Therefore, the aim was to develop a theory-based intervention for DSPs to promote a healthy lifestyle for people with moderate, severe and profound intellectual disabilities and evaluate the implementation process. Method: Intervention Mapping was used to develop the program, then a mixed method design was used to evaluate the implementation process and to show preliminary results. In this implementation study, 32 DSPs and 24 people with moderate, severe and profound intellectual disabilities from four care provider organizations participated. Results: First results show some barriers in the implementation of the program in daily practice, such as alignment of mutual expectations. The preliminary results show the attitude of DSPs improves after three months. The final results will be shared at the IASSIDD conference. Conclusions: Although the implementation in daily practice faced some barriers, the first results of the evaluation indicate the intervention is promising for supporting DSPs to promote a healthy lifestyle for people with moderate, severe and profound intellectual disabilities.
Disability Studies | Public Health Education and Promotion
van der Putten, A.,
van der Schans, C.,
Anrooij, K. V.,
A Program for Direct Support Professionals To Promote a Healthy Lifestyle.
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 34(5),