Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the second most common cause of death among people with learning disabilities (LD), and lifestyle has been found linked to various risk factors. With increasing emphasis on self care and management and and a shift in responsibility for illness prevention it is of critical importance how people with LD can be involved in decision making processes. The paper by Young, Naji and Kroll that was published online in Family Practice this month reports on findings from a qualitative study with service users, health professionals and carers.
The study demonstrate that the involvement of people with LD in self management is not only valued but also feasible if the processes aiding decision-making and practical support are adapted and encouraged by carers and professionals. Read more here http://bit.ly/v4QQjQ