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Communication is the key: Improving outcomes for people with learning disabilities

Lewer, A. & Harding, C. (2013). Communication is the key: Improving outcomes for people with learning disabilities. Tizard Learning Disability Review, 18(3), pp. 132-140. doi: 10.1108/tldr-01-2013-0001


Purpose – This paper introduces the Open Communication Tool (OCT) as introduced in “From ‘What do you do?’ to ‘A Leap of Faith’: Developing more efficient indirect intervention for adults with learning disabilities”.

Design, methodology, approach – Qualitative data from a study identifying barriers to effective intervention was used to create a model of working practice.

Findings – This paper introduces a model of addressing intervention which could be used by the broader multidisciplinary team to increase successful intervention outcomes and pinpoint concerns about care providers who do not enhance communication effectively.

Originality / value - The authors suggest that a more consistent and robust approach to delivering indirect intervention could be used to bridge communication gaps between healthcare providers and commissioners /monitoring bodies of services for people with learning disabilities.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Learning disabilities, indirect intervention, multidisciplinary working, commissioning, outcomes
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Language & Communication Science
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