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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...

GPs unsure about some aspects of antipsychotropic medicines management

27 November 2018

Learning Disability Practice

Research news

Disproportionate use of psychotropic medication among people who have learning disabilities is what England’s STOMP – stopping the overmedication of people with...

Inclusive mainstream approaches to weight management benefits some service users

27 November 2018

Learning Disability Practice

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People who have learning disabilities are more likely to be obese and this is an area where learning disability nurses have a clear health promotion role.

Review finds unique relational skills are at the core of learning disability nursing

27 November 2018

Learning Disability Practice

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It is important to understand the unique offer of learning disability nurses to those they serve and to reflect on the potential effect of widely reported workforce...

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...