RCN guidance on dignity in healthcare for people with learning disabilities
Lynne Pearce Freelance health journalist
According to the British Institute of Learning Disabilities, an estimated 2% of the population in England has a learning disability. The charity Mencap defines learning disability as reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities. Learning disabilities may be mild, moderate or severe, but, given the right level of support, most people with them are able to lead an independent life. However, they are likely to have worse physical and mental health than those without, says Mencap.
Nursing Standard. 32, 28, 15-15. doi: 10.7748/ns.32.28.15.s10