On March 15th 2019 APH researcher Baukje Schippers will defend her PhD thesis titled ‘Reduction of coercive measures: A multidisciplinary approach in care for people with intellectual disabilities’. Schippers study focused on the application and reduction of coercive measures in residential care for people with intellectual disabilities. The results of the study suggest that a multidisciplinary approach can lead to a significant reduction of freedom restrictions applied to persons with intellectual disabilities living in residential facilities. Schippers’ research contributes to increasing the right to self-determination (autonomy, freedom of choice) for people with intellectual disabilities. Additionally, it also provides insights into the use of compulsory care and more knowledge about phasing out of coercive measures in daily practice.
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