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Changes in the attitudes of GPs to health screening of patients with learning disabilities. ,

McConkey, Roy, Marshall, David and Moore, Gordon (2002) Changes in the attitudes of GPs to health screening of patients with learning disabilities. ,. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 6 . pp. 373-384. [Journal article]

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Although people with learning disabilities appear to have more unmet health needs than their able-bodied peers, GPs appear reluctant to undertake health screening for this client group. This paper describes a specialist health screening service delivered mainly by community learning disability nurses to nearly 600 children and adults. Prior to the service being established, 141 GPs within a defined area were surveyed and responses obtained from 51% of them. Although a majority thought the service would be helpful; three-quarters felt it was better provided within the context of special services. After screening, 54% of the sample (318 persons) were referred to their GP for further assessment and treatment, nearly all for physical health needs A second study investigated the attitudes of 91 GPs who had patients referred. Those doctors who reported dealing with a referral (N=45) were more favourably disposed to undertaking health screening within their practice either alone or in association with specialist nurses whereas those who had been uninvolved (N=23) continued to opt for specialist provision. Options for encouraging more GPs to offer preventative health care to this client groups are discussed; including medical training, extra consulting time and linking community learning disability nurses with GP practices.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
ID Code:18371
Deposited By: Prof Roy McConkey
Deposited On:18 May 2011 13:41
Last Modified:18 May 2011 13:41

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