Secondary health care for people with learning disabilities
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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.

Correspondence lyn.hannon@hrvpct.nhs.uk

Nursing Standard. 17, 46,39-42. doi: 10.7748/ns2003.07.17.46.39.c3426

Published in print: 30 July 2003

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review