Improving the respiratory health of adults with learning disabilities
evidence and practice    

Improving the respiratory health of adults with learning disabilities

Melanie Chapman Research fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University, England
Bernadette Clifford Speech and language therapist, Community Adult Learning Disability Service, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, England
Heather Braunholtz Specialist speech and language therapist, Community Adult Learning Disability Service, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, England
Liz Hope Physiotherapist, Community Adult Learning Disability Service, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, England
Jenny Ryan Physiotherapy technician, Community Adult Learning Disability Service, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, England

People with learning disabilities are more likely to die from respiratory tract disease and infections than people without learning disabilities. This article describes a lung health group developed by physiotherapists and speech and language therapists that was set up to improve the respiratory health of people with vulnerable respiratory status, particularly over the period of greatest risk of airborne respiratory infections. Its aim was to reduce the number and/or severity of chest infections and improve carers’ knowledge of respiratory health. The authors describe the group’s content and format, methods trialled to evaluate the group and the benefits of attending the group.

Learning Disability Practice. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2018.e1915

Citation

Chapman M, Clifford B, Braunholtz H et al (2018) Improving the respiratory health of adults with learning disabilities. Learning Disability Practice. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2018.e1915

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

Bernadette.clifford@mft.nhs.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 23 July 2018

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