health promotion: how to spread the word
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health promotion: how to spread the word

Carol Turnbull Community Learning Disability Charge Nurse, South West Community Learning Disability Team, Sighthill Health Centre, Edinburgh
Fiona Wilkie Community Learning Disability Charge Nurse, South East Community Learning Disability Team, Astley Ainslie Hospital, Edinburgh
Karen McKenzie Consultant Clinical Psychologist, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Hazel Powell Lecturer Learning Disabilities, Napier University, Faculty of Health & Life Science, School of Community Health, Edinburgh

Government policies that advocate the development of more user-friendly health education and health promotion materials come and go, but few projects have attempted to do this in practice. One notable exception is an initiative in Scotland, as Carol Turnbull, Fiona Wilkie and colleagues explain

The need to meet the healthcare needs of people with a learning disability is increasingly being highlighted. Reports such as the Health of the Nation Strategy for People with Learning Disabilities (Department of Health (DH) 1995) emphasised the need for health promotion, surveillance and care among this population. Nearly 10 years on and inadequate health care for people with a learning disability continues to be a serious issue.

Learning Disability Practice. 8, 7, 16-19. doi: 10.7748/ldp2005.

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