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Trainees' assessment and management of mental illness in adults with mild learning disabilities

  • Kapil Sayal (a1) and Sarah Bernard (a1)
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Recommended changes in services for adults with mild learning disabilities are likely to have training implications. A case vignette study examined the effect of coexistent mental illness and learning disability on trainees' clinical assessment and management. Mental illness was more likely to be diagnosed in those with a mild learning disability than in a control group who had no learning disability. Despite this, the learning disability group was less likely to receive treatment. Service and training issues are discussed.

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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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Trainees' assessment and management of mental illness in adults with mild learning disabilities

  • Kapil Sayal (a1) and Sarah Bernard (a1)
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