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'Diagnostic overshadowing' and a lack of continuity are behind many care failures

Advocating effective communication on a patient's behalf can be tricky in learning disability nursing, but putting a support plan in place will benefit all, writes Simon Jones

Advocating effective communication on a patient's behalf can be tricky in learning disability nursing, but putting a support plan in place will benefit all, writes Simon Jones

It is a statement of the obvious that if you have a learning disability then one of your main challenges is communication. You may not have verbal language or, if you do, it may be limited. Because of this the people who support you need to do more to help, particularly with your health.

Evidence shows that people with a learning disability have poorer health and reduced life expectancy than the general population, and any limitations in a person’s ability to communicate symptoms is critical.

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Unfortunately, when those who support you try to communicate and advocate on your behalf, they are often not listened to. That does not make sense and I think this is for

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