GPs ill-prepared for patients with learning difficulties
Monday 23 June 1997
Poor communications, low expectations of GP services and bad past experiences meant that those with learning disabilities made a lower than average number of visits to their GPs - despite having greater than average medical needs. As a result, large numbers of people with learning disabilities went for long periods without simple check-ups, such as hearing tests.
Only 15 per cent of GPs had received formal training in dealing with learning disabilities. The result was that between a third and a half of patients said that they did not understand what the doctor said in consultations, and eight out of 10 felt their GP did not spend enough time with them.
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