The challenges in monitoring and preventing patient safety incidents for people with intellectual disabilities in NHS acute hospitals: evidence from a mixed-methods study

October 29, 2014

Source:  BMC Health Services Research 14 pp. 432

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Date of publication:  September 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell: There is evidence that people with intellectual disabilities in acute hospitals are at risk of preventable deterioration due to the reasonable adjustments that they need not being implemented. This article aimed to explore the challenges in monitoring and preventing patient safety incidents involving people with intellectual disabilities. It describes the patient safety issues that patients with intellectual disabilities in NHS acute hospitals encounter and investigates underlying contributory factors. The events leading to avoidable harm for patients with intellectual disabilities are not always recognised as safety incidents.

Length of Publication:  1 web page

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Understanding the patient safety issues for people with learning disabilities

January 28, 2011

Source: National Reporting and Learning Service, National Patient Safety Agency

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Date of publication: November 2010

Publication type: Guidance

In a nutshell: This report looks at the work the NPSA has done, and is continuing to do to improve the patient safety issues surrounding people with learning disabilities.  It also identifies priority patient safety issues.

Length of publication: 22 pages