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ERIC Number: EJ928106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
"I Feel Pain"--Audit of Communication Skills and Understanding of Pain and Health Needs with People with Learning Disabilities
Beacroft, Monica; Dodd, Karen
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v39 n2 p139-147 Jun 2011
An audit was conducted across Surrey to investigate pain recognition and management with people with learning disabilities. This section of the audit looked at what people with learning disabilities understood and experienced when they had pain compared to good practice from the literature. The results show that people with learning disabilities struggle to discuss pain effectively, and that little use is made of additional communication aids. People with learning disabilities rely on others to deal with their pain, but may not tell people that they are in pain. The most common response to having pain is to go to the doctors, and many people were not offered pain medication by staff. It was also reported that other alternative strategies were not used to manage pain. Although most people did not make the decision as to whether they needed to see their doctor, most people knew who their doctor was and reported good experiences in terms of information sharing once at the appointment. Further work has since been undertaken in Surrey to address the concerns raised in this audit through the development of information booklets on pain recognition and management for people with learning disabilities and for staff and family carers, together with the development and roll out of pain training.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)