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Attitudes of General Practitioners and Practice Nurses Towards People With Learning Disability: Do They Affect Service Provision?
Philomena McLaughlin
School of Postgraduate Medicine, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Herts (UK)

Mail delivery: School of Postgraduate Medicine, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB (UK)

Rev Paraninfo digital, 2007: 2

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McLaughlin, Philomena. Attitudes of General Practitioners and Practice Nurses Towards People with Learning Disability: Do they affect Service Provision? Rev Paraninfo Digital, 2007; 2. In: <http://www.index-f.com/para/n2/182.php> Consulted 17 de Agosto del 2022

 

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Objectives: To elicit whether the attitudes of primary care service providers towards people with learning disabilities affect intended provision of cervical screening services.
Methods: A postal self-report survey was carried out across one county in the South East of England. All general practitioners (GP's) and practice nurses n=958 were sent a validated attitude inventory to examine attitudes to people with learning disabilities accompanied by a Primary Care Services Questionnaire (based on vignettes of people with learning disabilities), designed and piloted for the survey. Response rate 29.5%.
Variables: Two null hypothesis were tested:
1. There is no statistically significant relationship between the attitudes of GP's or practice nurses to people with learning disabilities and their intention to provide cervical screening for women with learning disabilities.
2. There is no difference in the intended provision of cervical screening reported by individual respondents to women according to the presence of learning disabilities.
Independent variables:
1. Attitudes towards people with learning disabilities.
2. Presence of learning disabilities in the scenarios.
Dependent variable: Intended provision of cervical screening.
Results: Attitudes towards people with learning disabilities were negatively correlated with the intended provision of cervical screening services (p=.05) and individual respondents intentions varied according to visible maifestations of learning disabilities, e.g Downs Syndrome (p=.000). Increasing age of respondent was correlated with holding some negaitve attitudes towards people with learning disabilities (p=.002), and was also related to poor intended service provision for women with visible manifestations of learning disability (p=.05). Gender of respondent was associated with differing attitudes, with females holding significantly more positive attitudes than males (p=.036) regardless of professional group. Contact with a person with learning disabilities was postively related to the intended provision of cervical screening (p=.05). The level of knowledge about learning disabilities amognst all respondents was very poor.
Conclusions:
There is a need for training for primary health care professionals which should include input from service users.
Further methodological research should be undertaken in order to determine the relationship of attitude to actual behaviour which is time and context specific.
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