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Helping men with learning disabilities to live healthier lives

The challenges of meeting the health needs of men with learning disabilities are highlighted by Chris Barber

People with a learning disability have the same health issues as anyone else in society. Many will experience additional, often complex, health needs due to the severity and type of their learning disability.

Consequently, many people with a learning disability are likely to require the professional services and care of highly skilled nurses in a variety of clinical settings. However, those with a learning disability tend to have a long history of their physical and medical needs going unrecognised and untreated. This unsatisfactory situation can often be compounded by the difficulty in encouraging men with a learning disability to engage with healthcare professionals, just as it is to encourage non-disabled men to do so.

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