Helping to identify homeless people with a learning disability – a pilot study

McKenzie, Karen, Murray, George, Wilson, Helen and Delahuntly, Lauren (2019) Helping to identify homeless people with a learning disability – a pilot study. Nursing Times. ISSN 0954-7762 (In Press)

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Background: People who are homeless are at risk of experiencing a number of problems with their physical and mental health. This risk increases if the person also has a learning disability (LD). New legislation requires health services in England to work collaboratively to reduce homelessness and to help identify and support those who are homeless. Many people who are homeless do not have their LD recognised, meaning they may miss out on the support they need.

Aim: This pilot study aimed to evaluate the use of the Learning Disability Screening Questionnaire (LDSQ) in a homeless service.

Method: Nine people who used the homeless service completed the LDSQ with researchers. Staff members also completed the LDSQ in relation to the participants to give a measure of inter-rater reliability.

Results: Three people were indicated by LDSQ scores as likely to have LD. Two subsequently had this status confirmed, but the third did not attend for further assessment. All but two items on the LDSQ showed complete agreement. High and significant agreement was found between raters for LDSQ total and percentage scores.

Discussion: The results indicate that it is feasible to use the LDSQ in homeless services and that it shows good inter-rater reliability. Some suggested ways of adapting its use for these settings and the role of nurses are provided. Further research with larger sample sizes is needed to confirm the results.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2019 07:48
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 07:52

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