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Caring for People with Learning Disabilities: Attitudes and Perceptions of General Nurses

Noronha, Maria T and Pawlyn, Jillian (2019). Caring for People with Learning Disabilities: Attitudes and Perceptions of General Nurses. Learning Disability Practice, 22(3)

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Abstract

There is increasing evidence that people with learning disabilities experience high levels of unmet healthcare needs and poor care.

People with learning disabilities admitted to acute and general hospitals are often cared for by general nurses. Sometimes general nurses may have a less positive attitude towards people with learning disabilities and a lack of knowledge of and appropriate training in learning disability awareness.

This article reports findings from a literature review that explored the attitudes and perceptions of general nurses when caring for people with learning disabilities and how these affect the quality of care they provide.

Two themes were identified – the attitudes and perceptions of general nurses and their lack of knowledge of caring for people with learning disabilities. The article describes how these themes affect general nurses’ competence and confidence to care for people with learning disabilities and suggests that education, training and learning disability awareness could address these issues.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1465-8712
Extra Information: Maria is a final year Learning Disability Nursing student, she graduated in October.
Keywords: Nurses; caring; learning disabilities; intellectual disabilities; attitudes; perceptions
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Nursing
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 58383
Depositing User: Jillian Pawlyn
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2018 10:36
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2019 16:43
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/58383
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