All four authors work in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Birmingham. Dr STUART CUMELLA and Dr BERYL SMITH are Senior Research Fellow and Research Fellow, respectively, at the Centre for Research and Information in Mental Disability (CRIMD). J. A. CORBETT is Professor of Developmental Psychiatry, while Dr DAVID CLARKE is Senior Lecturer.
Primary Healthcare for People with a Learning Disability
Article first published online: 26 AUG 2009
1992 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal of the British Institute of Mental Handicap (APEX)
Volume 20, Issue 4, pages 123–125, December 1992
How to Cite
Cumella, S., Corbett, J. A., Clarke, D. and Smith, B. (1992), Primary Healthcare for People with a Learning Disability. Journal of the British Institute of Mental Handicap (APEX), 20: 123–125. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3156.1992.tb00674.x
- Issue published online: 26 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 26 AUG 2009
The growth in the number of people with learning disability living in the community presents a major challenge to primary care services. There is a high prevalence of physical and mental illness among these patients, but disorders may be inadequately managed. This reflects problems of access to primary care services, and problems of liaison between services. Policy options for improving primary healthcare provided to people with a learning disability include: specific monitoring by FHSAs; improved training; clarification of responsibility for medical care; regular medical examinations; and improvements in information systems.