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Caring for adults with a learning disability in the community

Powrie, Elaine



A recurring theme within the literature is gaps in the delivery of services for people with a learning disability living in the community. These gaps occur between health professionals, primary and secondary care and specialisms within nursing. Gaps also exist between social service policy and implementation, health and social care. Recent national and local reports have sought to address these issues by promoting ways for health and social services to work in partnership. The theme of health promotion is highlighted in all these documents, but implementation of health promotion has been firmly placed within the boundaries of primary care. This poses a dilemma for primary care: does the primary care team or a more specialist community learning disability team provide better care for people with a learning disability? This article summarizes strategies and policies within the literature and difficulties that need to be considered when offering a service to people with a learning disability.


Powrie, E. (2001). Caring for adults with a learning disability in the community. British Journal of Nursing. 10. (14). 928-934. doi:10.12968/bjon.2001.10.14.5281. ISSN 0966-0461.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 1, 2001
Online Publication Date Sep 27, 2013
Publication Date Jul 26, 2001
Deposit Date Sep 14, 2016
Journal British Journal of Nursing
Print ISSN 0966-0461
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 14
Pages 928-934
Keywords Learning disability, care in the community, primary care,
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