Conducting mental health assessments of people with learning disabilities

Kupara, Dorothy and Woodward, Peter (2023) Conducting mental health assessments of people with learning disabilities. Learning Disability Practice. ISSN 1465-8712

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Mental health issues are not only more prevalent in people with learning disabilities compared with the general population, but they are also more challenging to assess and diagnose. Reasons for this may include the communication issues and cognitive impairments often experienced by people with learning disabilities. This article describes some of the challenges that nurses and other healthcare professionals may encounter when assessing mental health issues in people with learning disabilities. It provides practical advice on how to conduct an effective mental health assessment and outlines a range of communication strategies that can be used to overcome any issues that occur.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.7748/ldp.2023.e2218
Additional Information: This is the author’s manuscript. The final version of record published by RCNi is available to view at:
Keywords: accessible information, communication, diagnostic overshadowing, language, learning disability, mental health, patient assessment, patients, professional
Subjects: Medicine and health > Nursing > Learning disabilities nursing
Medicine and health > Nursing > Mental health nursing
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Depositing User: Dorothy Kupara
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2023 15:03
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 16:15


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