This study, assessed 63 older, long-stay, learning disabled patients, the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS) highlighted the expected problems in areas of cognition, physical illnesses or disabilities, relationships and activities of daily living. No significant changes were observed in the problems assessed using the HoNOS over a six-month period in this group of patients with relatively stable health problems and needs. HoNOS proved to be useful in identifying some expected problems. However, further studies are needed to assess its sensitivity to changes secondary to improvement or worsening of problems along with wider use to see if its brevity allows it to give sufficient detail on the problems of persons with learning disabilities.
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