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Adults with learning disabilities experiences of using community dental services: Service user and carer perspectives

Lees, C and Poole, H and Brennan, M and Irvine, F (2017) Adults with learning disabilities experiences of using community dental services: Service user and carer perspectives. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 45 (2). pp. 114-120. ISSN 1354-4187

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Accessible summary: The government and other organisations say that improving health care is important for people with learning disabilities. We asked people with learning disabilities and the people who look after them what it was like for them when they went to the dentist. Those we asked said that when they went to the dentist, they knew that those they saw knew about looking after their teeth. Some of those we talked to though said that certain things needed to be better. Background: The government alongside other health and social care organisation have identified the need to improve the care provided for people with learning disabilities. Materials and Methods: This service evaluation aimed to explore the experiences of people with learning disabilities and their carers who accessed community dental services using a qualitative research design. Adults with learning disabilities (n = 4) and their carers (n = 6) took part in one to one, face to face semi structured interviews. Results and Discussion: Generally, participants were satisfied with community dental services and in particular valued the skills and the competence of practitioners. However, when dissatisfaction was expressed this was generally as a result of poor communication and the transition from child to adult dental services. Conclusions: A number of recommendations are identified and discussed in relation to engagement with adults with learning disabilities and their carers in the development and delivery of community dental services. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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Additional Information: This is the accepted version of the following article: Lees C, Poole H, Brennan M, and Irvine F. Adults with learning disabilities experiences of using community dental services: Service user and carer perspectives. Br J Learn Disabil. 2017;45:114–120. https://doi.org/10.1111/bld.12181, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/bld.12181
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
School of Nursing & Allied Health
Publisher: Wiley
Date Deposited: 22 May 2017 08:42
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2017 06:58
DOI or Identification number: 10.1111/bld.12181
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6533

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