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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

Journal scan

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

Training school nurses in pain assessment benefits students with learning disabilities

29 January 2019

Learning Disability Practice

Research news

If not recognised and addressed, learning disabled students’ experiences of pain can cause absenteeism and reduce their ability to engage in and benefit from...

Gaps and disparities in access to reasonable adjustments persist

29 January 2019

Learning Disability Practice

Research news

Learning disability nurses are adept at making reasonable adjustments to healthcare services to ensure equality of access and equity of outcome, however many other...

Engage with families to promote physical activity for people with autism

29 January 2019

Learning Disability Practice

Research news

People with autism spectrum conditions are known to experience increased rates of physical and mental health conditions. Evidence also shows that they are less...

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

Research news

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.