Exploring the validity of screening for learning disability – using the Wilson-Jungner screening programme criteria

McKenzie, Karen and Murray, Kara R. (2022) Exploring the validity of screening for learning disability – using the Wilson-Jungner screening programme criteria. Learning Disability Practice. ISSN 1465-8712 (In Press)

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Abstract

Recommendations have been made about how to identify people in primary care services who are likely to meet the criteria for learning disability, as one step in reducing health inequalities. In this paper we use the Wilson-Jungner appraisal criteria for screening programmes, to explore whether the introduction of such screening for learning disability can be considered to be feasible and valid. We consider this in the context of the currently recommended screening checklist and alternative evidence-based screening tools. We conclude that, while learning disability is a social construct and the Wilson-Jungner criteria were originally designed to be applied to screening for specific diseases, introducing the routine use of accurate and evidence-based screening tools, into primary care is largely consistent with the Wilson-Jungner criteria.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning disability, screening, Wilson-Jungner criteria, nurses, primary care
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2022 14:23
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 03:31
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/50292

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