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Primary care identification of mental health issues in adults with learning disabilities requires screening measures, practitioner training, collaboration and raising awareness in this population
  1. Meenakshi Shukla
  1. University of Allahabad, Allahabad, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Meenakshi Shukla, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, India; meenakshi_shukla{at}

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Commentary on: Wigham S, Melvin E, Lester J, et al. Factors associated with the identification of mental health conditions among people with learning disabilities in primary care: a scoping review. Brit J Learn Disabil, 2023:1–18.

Implications for practice and research

  • Periodic training of primary care practitioners, use of mental health screening measures, interservice collaborative efforts and mental health literacy of adults with learning disabilities will ensure timely diagnosis of mental health problems among adults with learning disabilities.

  • Brief and effective mental health screening measures need to be developed/adapted specifically for this population.

  • Certain subgroups of learning disabilities may face comparatively greater instances of missed diagnosis or underdiagnosis of mental health problems and this needs further research.


Mental health difficulties are more prevalent among individuals with learning disabilities than among the general population, with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and psychosis being commonly reported.1 Such high prevalence of mental health …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.