Improving communication for people with learning disabilities
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Improving communication for people with learning disabilities

Matthew Godsell Senior lecturers, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of the West of England, Bristol
Kim Scarborough Senior lecturers, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of the West of England, Bristol

Patients with learning disabilities have higher healthcare risks than the general population. Health professionals need to develop skills that enable them to communicate effectively with this patient group. Identifying barriers to communication is the first step to reducing or removing them. Suggested strategies to improve healthcare access for patients with learning disabilities include: developing individualised health action plans, simplifying communication styles and providing accessible facilities and tailored resources.

Nursing Standard. 20, 30,58-65. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.04.20.30.58.c4114

Correspondence

Matthew.Godsell@uwe.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review