The circumstances and impact of injuries on adults with learning disabilities

Finlayson, J., Morrison, J. , Skelton, D. A., Ballinger, C., Mantry, D., Jackson, A. and Cooper, S.-A. (2014) The circumstances and impact of injuries on adults with learning disabilities. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 77(8), pp. 400-409. (doi:10.4276/030802214X14071472109833)

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Abstract

Introduction: People with learning disabilities experience higher rates of injury compared to the general population, but little is known about the circumstances and perceived impact of these injuries on people with learning disabilities themselves.<p></p> Method: Content analysis was conducted from interviews with 113 adults with learning disabilities who had at least one injury in a 12–month period. Qualitative interviews were conducted with ten adults with learning disabilities (and their carers where appropriate) who had experienced serious or frequent injury or frequent falls with or without injury in a 12–month period.<p></p> Findings: The most commonly reported contributory factors for injuries and/or falls were related to physical health status (for example, epilepsy) and the environment (for example, walking/banging into furniture or stairs/steps). In terms of perceived impact, the development of fear of walking outdoors unsupported or fear of crossing a road were highlighted. The non-use and misuse of assistive technology was also highlighted as a concern.<p></p> Conclusion: These findings demonstrate that occupational therapists have a key role to play in tailoring injury and fall prevention strategies and interventions for people with learning disabilities. In particular, environmental assessment and monitored use of assistive technology is important.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Finlayson, Miss Janet and Cooper, Professor Sally-Ann and Jackson, Dr Alison and Morrison, Professor Jillian
Authors: Finlayson, J., Morrison, J., Skelton, D. A., Ballinger, C., Mantry, D., Jackson, A., and Cooper, S.-A.
Subjects:R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN:0308-0226
ISSN (Online):1477-6006

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