RCGP Curriculum - 14 Care of People with Learning Disabilities

This section of our curriculum guide refers to statement 14, Care of People with Learning Disabilities, produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

Photograph: Jason Heath Lancy
Photograph: Jason Heath Lancy

Patients with learning disabilities represent a small but significant proportion of a GP’s caseload. Patients with learning disabilities have an increased incidence of psychiatric illness, epilepsy and behavioural difficulties. Morbidity and mortality rates are considerably increased and life expectancy significantly reduced.

In managing patients with learning disabilities, GPs need to be aware of likely associated conditions and knowing where to obtain specialist help and advice, understand how psychiatric and physical illness may present atypically in patients with learning disabilities, and use additional skills of diagnosis and examination in patients unable to describe or verbalise symptoms.

Here we have collated key articles from our journals to help you meet the curriculum requirements in this area. You can also access easy-to-read health leaflets on hundreds of conditions for patients with learning difficulties at easyhealth.org.uk.

In this section you will find articles on:

Primary care management

Skills and attitudes

Symptoms

Psychiatric problems

Other problems

Treatment

Emergency care

Prevention

Other related articles

 

Primary care management

Skills and attitudes

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Symptoms

Agitation
Challenging behaviour
Weight loss and gain

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Psychiatric problems

Psychiatric problems related to learning disability

Other problems

Cerebral palsy
Dermatological problems
Epilepsy
Sensory impairments
Gastrointestinal problems – swallowing problems, reflux
Obesity
Orthopaedic problems
Respiratory problems – chest infections, aspiration pneumonia
Sexual and physical abuse

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Treatment

Risks of OTC medications

Emergency care

Capacity to consent to treatment

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Prevention

Health reviews for people with learning disabilities

Other related articles

 

These curriculum resources are regularly updated with relevant articles from our range of healthcare publications. All articles are reviewed by GP advisers. We have set the standard lifetime of an article at two years and will aim to renew all articles within that timeframe. However, some older articles will remain in the listing if our reviewers believe there to be no significant changes to the topic covered.

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