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
Published in print: 05 April 2006Peer review
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