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One size fits all: Palliative care for people with learning disabilities

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Lynn Gibson, Dr Claud Regnard


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It is estimated by the Department of Health (2001) that approximately 2% of the population have varying degrees of learning disability, with 1.2 million people having a mild to moderate learning disability and an additional 210 000 people having a severe learning disability. Brittle (2004) suggests that all individuals within this client group have special needs when they enter the health-care system. In addition, most have greater health needs than the rest of the population and are more likely to experience mental health problems and chronic illnesses (Barr et al, 1999).

Publication metadata

Author(s): Matthews D, Gibson L, Regnard C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Hospital Medicine

Year: 2010

Volume: 71

Issue: 1

Pages: 40-43

Print publication date: 01/01/2010

ISSN (print): 1750-8460

ISSN (electronic): 1759-7390

Publisher: Mark Allen Publishing Ltd.


PubMed id: 20081641