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Caring for the Physical and Mental Health of People with Learning Disabilities

Authors: David Perry, Louise Hammond, Geoff Marston, Sherryl Gaskell and James Eva

ISBN: 978-1-84905-131-6,


This is a book written to discuss the many health issues, both physical and psychiatric, that are of higher incidence in people with intellectual disabilities than in the general population. Because the authors are from the United Kingdom the term “learning disabilities” is used in place of “intellectual disabilities,” more common in the United States. The following excerpt comes from the publisher’s description:

“This book is a practical guide for those caring for people with learning disabilities living in community settings. It is designed to help the carers to better understand what the service users' health needs may be, how to recognise problems, and how to meet their needs.”

After a foreword written by Dr Elin Davis, Consultant Psychiatrist, Cornwall, UK, the books 13 chapters are organized into three sections as follows:

Section 1. The needs of people with learning disability
Chapter titles: An introduction to learning disabilities; Learning disabilities and physical health; Learning disabilities and mental health; Physical and mental health needs of people with Down's Syndrome; Learning disability, health and the law.

Section 2. Associated conditions and issues
Chapter titles: Epilepsy; Sleep problems; Swallowing problems; Autism.

Section 3. Accessing services
Chapter titles: Screening programmes; Health checks; When admission to psychiatric care is required.

Appendix. Genetic causes of learning disability

Excerpt and content titles taken from publisher's web site as viewed on 9/23/2010 (www.jkp.com/catalogue/book/9781849051316)

Contact Info:
Organization:Jessica Kingsley Publishers Inc. - US Office
Address:400 Market Street,
Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone:866/416-1078 (toll free ordering); 215/922-1161 (main office)
Cost:$ 22.95

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Home page of the publisher, Jessica Kingsley

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