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Refining diagnoses: applying the DC-LD to an Irish population with intellectual disability.

Authors
  • Felstrom, A
  • Mulryan, N
  • Reidy, J
  • Staines, M
  • Hillery, J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of intellectual disability research : JIDR
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2005
Volume
49
Issue
Pt 11
Pages
813–819
Identifiers
PMID: 16207278
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In people with moderate to profound learning disabilities, diagnosis continues to be challenging. The DC-LD is a useful tool in helping to clarify diagnoses in this population by providing revised criteria and a system to classify problem behaviours. The DC-LD would be more helpful if specific axes were included to document medical and psychosocial problems independently from other diagnoses. Further research is warranted to determine whether the DC-LD hierarchical approach to diagnosis improves diagnostic validity.

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