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Psychotropic medication often given in the absence of multidisciplinary assessments

21 March 2018

Learning Disability Practice

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A study examined five years of case records for 106 people who were prescribed psychotropic medications to manage behaviours of concern in the absence of a diagnosed...

Insights into the scale of co-morbidities in people with learning disabilities

21 March 2018

Learning Disability Practice

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Research by the Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory, which involved reviewing detailed clinical assessments of more than 1,000 adults who were known to health...

Study raises questions about how to deliver training in positive behaviour support

21 March 2018

Learning Disability Practice

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A major, multicentre, longitudinal English study has reported on the clinical outcomes achieved for 246 people with learning disabilities, across 23 specialist...

Scottish survey reveals the scale of social isolation and loneliness

29 May 2018

Learning Disability Practice

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Social isolation is a potent determinant of poor health, as such its effect on people with learning disabilities needs to be better understood and this will help...

Access to primary healthcare for people with learning disabilities

29 May 2018

Learning Disability Practice

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It is well established that people with learning disabilities experience premature mortality, have more long-term conditions than the general population and are...

Specialist nursing input improves hospital care for children with learning disabilities

24 July 2018

Learning Disability Practice

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Challenges persist in ensuring consistent approaches that fully respect people’s rights and which ensure full inclusion and engagement of people and families.

Supporting people with learning disabilities to find work can promote better health

24 July 2018

Learning Disability Practice

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Researchers have collated data from the 1970 British Cohort Study to understand the relationship between economic inactivity, unemployment and learning disabilities...

More evidence needed on mental health treatments for people with severe learning disabilities

24 July 2018

Learning Disability Practice

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People with learning disabilities are at heightened risk of developing serious mental health problems.

Quality of life in people with Down’s syndrome

25 September 2018

Learning Disability Practice

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Quality of life is difficult to measure, not least because it is subject to personal perceptions, experiences and aspirations, as well as cultural context. However,...

Surveys provide insights for retaining staff

25 September 2018

Learning Disability Practice

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This study offers evidence that co-production and the delivery of person-centred care are good for staff. The researchers surveyed 466 professionals who care for...