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ERIC Number: EJ976816
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
A Small-Scale Investigation of Hospital Experiences among People with a Learning Disability on Merseyside: Speaking with Patients and Their Carers
Dinsmore, Adam Peter
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v40 n3 p201-212 Sep 2012
People with a learning disability face a number of challenges when seeking access to hospital care which are often distinct from those faced by the general population. Numerous statistics indicative of these challenges are represented in the academic literature. Previous research has suggested several reasons for the continued existence of these challenges, including a lack of expertise in the provision of health care to people with learning disabilities and negative attitudes towards this population held by healthcare professionals. As a means of elucidating the hospital experiences of people with learning disabilities on Merseyside, the researcher conducted 13 semi-structured interviews--an analysis of 12 of which are included in this article. Of these 12 interviews, two were conducted with an unaccompanied person with a learning disability, three were conducted with a person with a learning disability alongside their carer, and seven were conducted with the carer or carers of a person with a learning disability. The topics discussed in these semi-structured interviews were determined by the findings of a literature search and pilot interview. Emergent themes within the interview transcripts are discussed and recommendations made for healthcare professionals engaged in the hospital care of people with learning disabilities. It is concluded that people with learning disabilities on Merseyside continue to contest with the same difficulties during hospital experiences as have been identified previously by numerous national and international investigations. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)