Long-term conditions management
Systematic review finds that people with learning disabilities were less likely to access health screening and preventive healthcare such as immunisations
It is well established that people with learning disabilities experience premature mortality, have more long-term conditions than the general population and are exposed to well-known determinants of health inequalities. Yet their access to primary healthcare can be problematic.
This systematic review of more than 50 studies noted that people were less likely to access and receive health screening and preventive healthcare, such as immunisations, than the general population.
There was good evidence, however, that annual health checks were helpful in identifying otherwise unmet needs and in improving long-term conditions management, although their longer term effect has yet to be evaluated fully.
Barriers to primary care
The review identified barriers to people accessing primary care, engaging with...
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