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Diagnostic overshadowing: a potential barrier to physical health care for mental health service users

01 December 2013

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

Diagnostic overshadowing occurs when symptoms of physical illness are attributed to the service user’s mental illness. This increases the risks of treatment delay...

Experiences of healthcare professionals in cancer assessment and treatment for people with learning disabilities: a literature review

25 January 2021

Cancer Nursing Practice

Learning disabilities

Cancer is a leading underlying cause of death among people with learning disabilities, who are less likely to receive screening tests for the disease than those...

How to get care right for people with learning disabilities in the emergency department: ask and engage

11 February 2021

Emergency Nurse

Learning disabilities

Healthcare professionals are legally obliged to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that people, including those with learning disabilities, can access appropriate...

Signs and symptoms of sepsis: raising awareness in the learning disability community

11 February 2021

Learning Disability Practice

deteriorating patient

In sepsis, prompt diagnosis and immediate treatment are vital to avoid deterioration, organ failure and death. Sepsis is challenging to recognise because there is no...

Person-centred care for people with learning disabilities: the application of Kitwood’s theory

26 May 2020

Learning Disability Practice


Tom Kitwood’s conceptual approach has been widely used to provide person-centred care for people living with dementia, but has not previously been explored in...

Helicobacter pylori: nurses’ perceptions of diagnosis and treatment in adults

13 February 2020

Learning Disability Practice

Infection prevention and control

Background Helicobacter pylori is a bacterium that lives in the stomach’s gastric mucosa layer. H. pylori is a carcinogen that increases the risk of stomach and...

Making reasonable adjustments to cancer services for people with learning disabilities

10 January 2022

Cancer Nursing Practice

Healthcare inequalities

People with learning disabilities do not access or engage with proactive cancer screening in line with those without learning disabilities. As a result, they often...

Supporting the mental health of children and young people with learning disabilities during COVID-19

13 October 2022

Learning Disability Practice

evidence and practice

This article explores the authors’ experiences of supporting the mental health of children and young people with learning disabilities during the coronavirus disease...

Challenges experienced by paid carers providing palliative care to adults with intellectual disabilities

18 June 2020

Learning Disability Practice

literature review

This article presents a literature review that was undertaken to explore the challenges experienced by paid carers when providing palliative care to adults with...