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Commentary on: Whittle E, Fisher K, Reppermund S, et al. Access to mental health services: the experiences of people with intellectual disabilities. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil 2018;32;1–12.
Implication for practice and research
The most relevant themes identified and to enable a more effective access to health provision in practice are
The need for effective collaboration between the service user, carers/advocates, service providers and interagencies.
The understanding that ‘one size does not fit all’ and service provision needs to be adapted for the needs of the individual.
The need for further education to support health and social care providers in understanding the complexities of an individual’s needs with a dual diagnosis of learning/intellectual disability and mental health and to be able to identify and deliver interagency provision lead by individual needs.
Further research in this area focusing on …
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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