A 16-week intensive assessment and intervention program for patients with Huntington’s disease (HD) was established in Bloomfield Hospital in late 2014; the first of its kind in Ireland. Patients were admitted from across the Republic on a needs basis and provided with MDT assessment and intervention as necessary over a 16 week period. MDT disciplines included Psychiatry, G.P., Neuropsychology, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Dietetics, Speech and Language Therapy and Nursing. The program was based upon an existing UK model; the current study reviews how this model fits within the Irish healthcare system and how the successes of this model may be replicable elsewhere. Five patients were admitted for the full program. Each of these patients was then seen for outpatient review, at periods from 14 months to 8 months post discharge. Results are discussed in the context of the persisting benefits of the program post-discharge and the factors limiting this, both those directly resulting from HD, namely symptom progression and those indirectly arising secondary to HD. These indirect limiting factors include the absence of appropriate health infrastructure and relationship breakdown, amongst others.
- Intensive Brief Inpatient Intervention