Adults with Learning Disabilities: A Practical Approach for Health Professionals

Adults with Learning Disabilities: A Practical Approach for Health Professionals

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Adults with Learning Disabilities: A Practical Approach for Health Professionals by Jean O'Hara

Adults with Learning Disabilities: A Practical Approach for Health Professionals Edited by Jean O'Hara, The Royal London Hospital, London, UK, and Anthea Sperlinger, Learning Disabilities Services, Bromley, Kent, UK

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.

"Written by and for people in the front line of care, this is certainly a timely and valuable book. Taking a multidisciplinary perspective across social science and medicine, the editors offer a wide-ranging guide to principles, practice and resources employed by professionals working in this important area of care." —Bob Remington, University of Southampton

"...an essential introductory guide for health and social care professionals and for the concerned lay person, which clearly explains the additional health needs of adults with learning disabilities, and provides practical checklists for action." —Sheila Hollins, St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471976653
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/01/1998
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:

CHAPTERS.

Family Aspects (S. Thomson).

Communication (S. Ambalu).

A General Practice Perspective (G. Howells).

Challenging Needs and Problematic Bahaviour (J. Clements).

Cultural Issues (Z. Nadirshaw).

Vulnerability Issues (H. Brown).

Consent Issues (G. Murphy & I. Clare).

CHECKLISTS.

A GP's Assessment and Examination (G. Howells).

Parenting Assessment (S. McGaw).

Prescribing Medication (H. Hogan & P. Martin).

Epilepsy in Adults with Learning Disabilities (M. Sharief).

The Psychiatric Assessment (J. O'Hara).

The Mental Health Act (J. O'Hara).

Vulnerability, Exploitation and Sexuality (H. Brown).

Useful Addresses.

Index.

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