Inclusion in primary care for people with intellectual disabilities: gaining the perspective of service user and supporting social care staff

Martyn C. Jones, Ella McLafferty, Robert Walley, John Toland, Naomi Melson

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    Abstract

    The aim of this study was to gain service user and social care staff perspectives on the barriers facing people with intellectual disabilities when accessing primary healthcare. A qualitative mixed methods semi-structured approach involved the use of focus groups and individual interviews within the service users' homes. A purposive sampling strategy identified people using primary healthcare in the last 6 months (N = 6) with support from social care staff (N = 19). Three emergent themes were common to service users and carer staff: `accessing the surgery', `communication issues' and `waiting around'. Other themes were unique to each group. Social care staff identified the `attitudes and behaviour of primary healthcare staff' as sometimes problematic, and the importance of `knowing the service user'. Service users identified `feelings about going to the doctor', `health education' and `making changes'. Gaining these views is an important first step in improving access to primary healthcare.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)93-109
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of Intellectual Disabilities
    Volume12
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

    Keywords

    • Access
    • Intellectual disabilities
    • Primary care
    • Social care staff

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