young people’s perceptions of the accessibility of general NHS hospital services: a follow-up study
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young people’s perceptions of the accessibility of general NHS hospital services: a follow-up study

Elizabeth Scott Assistant psychologist, Community Team Learning Disability, Newcastle upon Tyne
Sarah Wharton Research assistant, Community Team Learning Disability, Newcastle upon Tyne
Annette Hames Consultant clinical psychologist, Community Team Learning Disability, Newcastle upon Tyne

Nobody had ever consulted young people with learning disabilities on their experiences of attending hospital in a systematic way, so Elizabeth Scott and colleagues decided to plug this important research gap. Here they present some of the main themes to emerge from their study

The Valuing People White Paper (Department of Health 2001a) states that: ‘Children with disabilities have exactly the same health needs as other children, in addition to health needs arising from their particular disability.’ However, there is a wide range of unmet medical health needs in children with learning disabilities (Barr 1997, Kerr et al 2003), which remain unidentified for a number of reasons, the most common being restricted access to medical services (Lakhani and Bates 1999).

Learning Disability Practice. 8, 9,28-33. doi: 10.7748/ldp2005.11.8.9.28.c1645

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