- • People with learning disabilities describe pain in terms of feelings or emotions.
- • Staff and doctors do not use pain recognition tools or communication aids.
- • People with learning disabilities often do not tell staff or family carers that they are in pain. If they do, they are unlikely to be given pain medication, and more likely to be taken to the doctors.
- • People with learning disabilities mostly know who is their doctor and understand what the doctor does. The majority of people said that the doctor explained what was wrong with them, what the medication was for and how often they needed to take it.
- • This research matters to people with learning disabilities. It is important that staff and carers recognise and manage pain well. Since this audit a pain training pack for staff and carers has been developed and is being used and booklets for both people with learning disabilities and staff and carers have been developed and given out.