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Title: Psychometric properties of a new scale for measuring depression in people with a learning disability : the Glasgow Depression Scale for people with a Learning Disability (GDS-LD)
Author: Cuthill, Fiona
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2001
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Objectives The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an information leaflet regarding psychological therapy, which aims to increase patients' knowledge of what is expected of them and the therapist in treatment, and reduce anxiety and confusion. The leaflet is routinely sent to all new patients referred to the Psychology Department. Design A structured questionnaire was designed specifically for this survey and was distributed by post. Setting The study was undertaken in a Clinical Psychology Outpatient Department in Central Scotland. Participants 210 patients who had no previous experience of psychological treatment took part in the study. They were referred to the Clinical Psychology Department over a four month period (April 1999 - July 1999). Results 40% (n=84) of participants replied. Responses to the questionnaire indicated that the information leaflet had succeeded to an acceptable extent in achieving it's aims and that the majority of patients found it useful. Conclusion The information leaflet could be considered to be beneficial to patients waiting for psychological treatment. However, several areas of possible improvement were identified which may increase it's usefulness in the future.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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