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How nurses can help reduce anxiety about healthcare appointments

For people with learning disabilities a health appointment can be a challenging and anxious time, and reasonable adjustments need to be made to reassure them

For people with learning disabilities a health appointment can be a challenging and anxious time, and reasonable adjustments need to be made to reassure them

  • Tips for nurses include finding the best way to communicate with the patient and involving parents and carers
  • Consider the environment, such as dimmable lights, and make double appointments to allow enough time
  • One nurse’s project to reduce anxiety gives priority to meeting people’s needs and underlines the need to be inclusive

Attending healthcare appointments can be challenging for people with learning disabilities, prompting anxiety that can keep them away.

Not only are appointments usually held in unfamiliar surroundings but they can be busy

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