University of Sunderland looks at health prospects of people with learning disabilities.
University of Sunderland researchers evaluated how the use of Point of Care Testing (POCT) could improve access to healthcare and treatment for people with a learning disability.
People with learning disabilities have a significantly lower life expectancy than the general population and are at higher risk of certain diseases.
This includes diabetes, hearing loss, cardiovascular disease and obesity.
The researchers evaluated the experiences of key stakeholders using POCT.
This included the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), NHS England, and learning disability national leads, audiologists, GPs and nurses.
Lead researcher Karen Giles Principal Lecturer at the University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing, commented:
“The main aim, and benefit of POCT is to bring the test conveniently and immediately to the patient.
This increases the likelihood of getting the results quicker, enabling clinicians to support the timely diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of patients.”
Further studies are recommended to explore who is responsible for its availability and adoption, particularly in primary care.