An audit of the quality of inpatient care for adults with learning disability in the UK

BMJ Open 2016;6:e010480    

This study audited patient hospital records from nine acute general hospital Trusts and six mental health services to evaluate the performance of acute general and mental health services in delivering inpatient care to people with learning disability and explore the influence of organisational factors on the quality of care they deliver.

The study concludes that inpatient care for people with learning disability needs to be improved. The work gives tentative support to the role of a learning disability liaison nurse in acute general and mental health services, but further work is needed to confirm these benefits and to trial other interventions that might improve the quality and safety of care for this high-need group.

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