Secondary health care for people with learning disabilities
Lynn Hannon Clinical Nurse Manager, Blackburn and Darwen Community Nurse Team, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Primary Care Trust, Blackburn
The current evidence base shows that people with learning disabilities experience difficulties in identifying and meeting their own specific health needs, and in accessing appropriate health services. There are particular difficulties relating to access to acute healthcare services. A number of initiatives are being developed to try to improve the situation. This article explores the current evidence base, highlights examples of best practice and makes recommendations for future practice and service development.
Nursing Standard. 17, 46,39-42. doi: 10.7748/ns2003.07.17.46.39.c3426
Published in print: 30 July 2003Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review