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Reilly, Deirdre Emer; Raymond, Kathryn; O'Donnell, Chris – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2020
Background: Academic research and reports from healthcare professionals tell us people with learning disabilities are not routinely supported to learn about end-of-life issues or make plans for the end of their lives. Materials: Questionnaires were used to check how much people knew. Accessible symbols were used to help people understand…
Descriptors: Intellectual Disability, Death, Self Determination, Access to Information
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Sawhney, Indermeet; Zia, Asif; Yazdi, Bahar; Shankar, Rohit – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2020
Background: People with epilepsy (PWE) have a higher fracture risk than nonepilepsy populations. Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) cause bone loss. Limited physical activity and poor dietary intake increase fracture risk in PWE. People with an intellectual disability have higher prevalence of epilepsy, likely to be on multiple AEDs, with poorer response,…
Descriptors: Epilepsy, Intellectual Disability, At Risk Persons, Drug Therapy
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Reidy, Mary; Denieffe, Suzanne; Foran, Sinéad – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2018
Background: Internationally, it is known that there are gaps in cancer and screening awareness among women with intellectual disabilities. Little is known about this awareness among Irish women with intellectual disabilities. The aim of this study was to explore this awareness among these women. Materials and Methods: The study design incorporated…
Descriptors: Cancer, Screening Tests, Females, Intellectual Disability
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Erickson, Steven R.; Juncaj, Sophia; Buckley, Charlotte – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2018
Background: People who have an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) and asthma are at greater risk of poor health outcomes. They often require assistance from caregivers when managing their medicines. The objective of this pilot study was to assess the level of understanding of asthma self-management concepts of family caregivers who…
Descriptors: Diseases, Intellectual Disability, Developmental Disabilities, At Risk Persons
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Doody, Owen; Bailey, Maria E. – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2017
Background: Individuals with intellectual disability experience the same chronic diseases and conditions as the general population, but are more likely to have physical and psychological co-morbidities, resulting in a higher risk of experiencing pain and having more frequent or severe pain. Method: This position paper aims to highlight the…
Descriptors: Intellectual Disability, Pain, Evaluation Methods, Nurses
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Willis, Diane S. – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2016
Background: Despite breast screening in Britain being free to all women within the allotted age range, uptake of this service is often poor in women with intellectual disabilities. Reasons put forward are numerous, including poor knowledge, pain and difficulty travelling to the centre. However, what influences the decision to attend is rarely…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Females, Cancer, Screening Tests
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Clark, Alex; Browne, Sarah; Boardman, Liz; Hewitt, Lealah; Light, Sophie – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2016
UK National Autism Strategy (Department of Health, 2010 and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance (NICE, 2012) states that frontline staff should have a good understanding of Autism. Fifty-six clinical and administrative staff from a multidisciplinary community Learning Disability service completed an electronic questionnaire…
Descriptors: Autism, Knowledge Level, Foreign Countries, Learning Disabilities
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Walker, Carol – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2015
Background: Growing numbers of people with learning disabilities are now living into older age. This study aims to examine the state of knowledge about their lives and the challenges that ageing has for both family carers and policymakers and practitioners. Materials and Methods: The article synthesises existing research in the fields of learning…
Descriptors: Intellectual Disability, Older Adults, Aging (Individuals), Knowledge Level
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Holly, Deirdre; Sharp, John – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2014
People with learning disabilities are at increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). Research suggests this may be due to inequalities in health status and inequities in the way health services respond to need. Little is known about the most effective way to improve health outcomes for people with learning disabilities. A previously developed…
Descriptors: Heart Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, Health Education, Adult Education
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Tredinnick, Gerlind; Cocks, Naomi – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2014
This study investigated the effectiveness of a 1-day dysphagia training package delivered to support workers who work with adults with a learning disability. Thirty-eight support staff took part in this study. Twenty-five support staff received training, and 13 did not receive training and therefore acted as a control group. Three questionnaires…
Descriptors: Adults, Developmental Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, Training
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Dalton, Caroline; Sweeney, John – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2013
This study explores front-line staff knowledge and perceptions of how people with intellectual disability residing in residential services are supported to communicate effectively. Participants ("n" = 138) completed a self-report questionnaire adapted from an instrument developed by DeSimone & Cascella (2005) "Journal of…
Descriptors: Residential Programs, Caregivers, Knowledge Level, Attitude Measures
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Long, Clive G.; Krawczyk, Kirsten M.; Kenworthy, Nathalie E. – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2013
Little research has been published on the need for sexual education for women in secure psychiatric facilities when patients present with a combination of learning disability, mental illness and personality disorder. The development of a brief, feasible, gender-speci?c sexual knowledge questionnaire is described, which has validity and reliability…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Evaluation Methods, Females, Institutionalized Persons
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Kollinsky, Laura; Simonds, Laura M.; Nixon, Julie – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2013
A small evidence base suggests that parents with learning disabilities are likely to have their children permanently removed from their care. There is no known research involving magistrates in England, despite their role in care proceedings. This study aimed to explore the experience of magistrates making decisions in care proceedings involving…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parents with Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Court Litigation
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Watters, Laura; McKenzie, Karen; Wright, Rachel – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2012
This study aimed to investigate whether a 1-day training course improved support staff knowledge about bereavement and grief in people with a learning disability. A questionnaire based, mixed design was used. Forty-eight participants were randomly assigned to one of two equal groups. A staggered design allowed for group 2 to act both as a control…
Descriptors: Grief, Mental Retardation, Learning Disabilities, Staff Development
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Donley, Mandy; Chan, Jeffrey; Webber, Lynne – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2012
Disability support workers are the predominant workforce employed to support people with an intellectual disability in Australia. Many support workers are required to assist people they support to take psychotropic medications in the form of chemical restraint. Support workers in Australia receive limited education and training in this area and as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mental Retardation, Drug Therapy, Educational Needs
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