ADULTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES: A PRACTICAL APPROACH FOR HEALTH PROFFESIONALS
The practical approach adopted in this book offers key information and guidance to health care professionals who need to create responsive and appropriate services for adults with learning disabilities. A unique feature is the provision of checklists related to each topic, which offer concise summaries of information and good practice, to back up the review of current knowledge, practice guidelines and key issues covered in each chapter. The selection of topics covered is guided by concerns voiced by adults with learning disabilities as well as service providers and professionals, and topics are not confined to academic areas but are of direct clinical relevance. They range from communication and interviewing, family aspects, parenting by adults with learning disabilities, and cultural issues, to topics such as vulnerability, consent, primary health care needs, GP assessments and examinations, hospitalisation, medication, problematic behaviour, mental health and emotional distress. This book will be of value to trainees and experienced professionals in mental health and learning disability services, and of particular interest to professionals in primary health care.