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Making a difference. Responding to the visual health needs of people with a learning disability.

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McGlade, Anne, Bickerstaff, David, Lindsay, Jennifer, McConkey, Roy and Jackson, Jonathan (2009) Making a difference. Responding to the visual health needs of people with a learning disability. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 38 . [Journal article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1468-3156.2009.00574.x

Abstract

This article discusses the findings from a study to assess the impact of corrective eye treatment in adults with a learning disability. The Special Visual Assessment Clinic (SVAC) is an optometry led multi professional service delivered in a Resource Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The study, which included user and carer input in its design, involved people with a learning disability (15), their family carers (21) and staff (12) in interviews, group discussions, completion of checklists and clinical audit. Findings revealed that prior to the SVAC taking place there was limited awareness of vision related problems amongst all these groups. Following assessment and corrective treatment which, in the main included the provision of glasses, there was a heightened awareness of visual needs and of the benefits of eye examinations which included some tentative links to quality of life.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
ID Code:5892
Deposited By:Professor Roy McConkey
Deposited On:04 Jan 2010 12:34
Last Modified:23 Jul 2012 14:57

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