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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Graduate School

First Advisor

Martin Gipson

First Committee Member

Floyd O'Brien

Second Committee Member

Kenneth Beauchamp


Physicians are often unaware of mentally disabled outpatients' symptomatic behaviors that are relevant to their medication prescriptions. Such information is available to the clients' residential care providers . The present study trained clients' residential care providers in data collection and provided these data to physicians. It was predicted that these data would improve medication treatment for these clients and consequently lead to a decrease in client's symptomatic behaviors . The results did not confirm the predictions; the data provided to physicians on clients' between- visit behaviors had no measured effect on the physicians' treatment of these clients, although the physicians reported positive attitudes about the helpfulness and utility of ·the system .





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