Improving healthcare access for people with intellectual disabilities in four European countries
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Improving healthcare access for people with intellectual disabilities in four European countries

Michael Brown Professor of nursing, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland
Mohammed Surfraz Senior lecturer, University of Hertfordshire, Health and Human Sciences Research Institute, Hatfield, England
Reider Wroldsen Lecturer, Oslo and Akershus University College, Oslo, Norway
Daiana Popa Consultant, Rehabilitation medicine and public health, University of Oradea, Oradea, Romania
Rolf-Magnus Grung Lecturer, Oslo and Akershus University College, Oslo, Norway

The population of people with intellectual disabilities – this is the international term used to describe a learning disability – is increasing and ageing, and many require frequent access to healthcare services for assessment, treatment and care. The European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 identifies the need to reduce the barriers to healthcare for people with disabilities, to improve their quality of life and reduce preventable mortality. Part of this policy focuses on the education and preparation of future practitioners. The European Union (EU) Erasmus Plus programme is an opportunity to bring together educators and students, to share learning and develop an understanding of the needs of people with intellectual disabilities. This article gives an overview of the programme, policies and practices relating to care of people with intellectual disabilities in four EU member states – Scotland, England, Norway and Romania. It also identifies ways in which access to services for this population can be improved through education, workforce and services in an EU context.

Learning Disability Practice. 20, 6,36-42. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2017.e1873

Correspondence

m.j.brown@qub.ac.uk

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Conflict of interest

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Received: 29 May 2017

Accepted: 06 September 2017