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Why you should read this article: • To appreciate the need for timely identification of learning disability to address health inequities • To be aware of screening tools for identification of learning disability in primary care • To read about the feasibility of using screening tools to support identification of learning disability People with learning disabilities face major health inequities and reducing these requires the learning disability to be recognised in the first place. There are screening tools designed to support primary care professionals to identify who, from among their patients, is likely to have a learning disability. These individuals can then undergo a full assessment and, if needed, receive support and interventions such as annual health checks. One question that arises is whether routine screening for learning disability in primary care is feasible. In this article, the authors examine the feasibility of routine screening for learning disability in primary care against the Wilson-Jungner criteria, which are the gold standard for appraising screening programmes.
Why you should read this article: • To understand that active listening is a fundamental skill that underpins effective communication with people with intellectual disabilities • To appreciate that listening to the perspectives of people with severe or profound intellectual disabilities is crucial to providing person-centred care • To reflect on how contextual factors such as physical environment and your role in that environment can affect your ability to actively listen to people with intellectual disabilities This article presents a literature review that explored communication partners’ experiences of listening or attending to people with severe or profound intellectual disabilities during interactions. Findings suggest that the context in which the interaction takes place, and the role of the communication partner, influences the structure of the interaction. Additionally, an optimal balance between communication partner sensitivity to the person’s communication behaviours, and knowledge of the person, is valuable when listening to and attempting to understand what the person is expressing. The authors make recommendations for research, practice and education to support and develop the evidence base and practice in this area of learning disability nursing.
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