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Attitudes of general practitioners to caring for people with learning disability.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8855015     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The views of general practitioners on their increasing role in caring for people with learning disability in the community are not known.
AIM: A study was carried out to assess the views of general practitioners with regard to providing routine care, organizing health promotion and specific health checks for people with learning disability and the role of specialists.
METHOD: A postal questionnaire was sent to all 242 general practitioners in Gwent, south Wales. Participants had to mark their level of agreement with 20 attitude statements regarding learning disability.
RESULTS: A total of 126 general practitioners (52%) responded. Respondents generally agreed that general practitioners were responsible for the medical care of people with learning disability. Respondents tended to be opposed to providing regular structured health promotion for people with learning disability, such as annual health checks and assessing hearing and eyesight. Specialist services were generally valued by respondents.
CONCLUSION: General practitioners largely accepted their role as primary health care providers for people with learning disability. In contrast, their role as providers of health promotion for this patient group was not generally accepted. Further research into the appropriateness and opportunity costs of health screening for people with learning disability is needed.
M Kerr; F Dunstan; A Thapar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners     Volume:  46     ISSN:  0960-1643     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Gen Pract     Publication Date:  1996 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-01-09     Completed Date:  1997-01-09     Revised Date:  2014-02-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9005323     Medline TA:  Br J Gen Pract     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  92-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Community Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
Intellectual Disability / therapy*
Physician's Role
Physicians, Family / psychology*
Grant Support
G1000632//Medical Research Council
Comment In:
Br J Gen Pract. 1996 Feb;46(403):59-60   [PMID:  8855007 ]

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