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Br J Nurs. 1999 Jul 8-21;8(13):866-70.

Learning disabilities: supporting nurses in delivering primary care.

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  • 1Faculty of Healthcare Sciences, Kingston University, London.


This article introduces an educational project supported by The Queen's Nursing Institute and sponsored by the Hertfordshire Nursing Trust. It reports on the initial results from a literature review and its implications for nursing. There is broad acknowledgement of a problem in the delivery of primary care nursing for people with a learning disability, but little consensus on how to move either medical or nursing practice forward. It was proposed, therefore, to systematically assess the learning needs of nurses delivering primary care and to develop an evaluated methodology for responding to those needs. A comprehensive literature review was undertaken. Three consistent themes emerged: knowledge and training needs; role definitions and liaison; and clinical issues. Implications for nursing, and the future development of the project are considered.

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