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How can healthcare professionals support people with a learning disability

NHS England has published a clinical guide for frontline healthcare staff to support the management of patients with a learning disability and autistic people. The guide is relevant to all clinical specialties and updates a previous guide written three years ago during the Covid-19 pandemic. NHS England says that healthcare professionals have responsibilities to ensure that people with a learning disability and autistic people receive good care as research shows that, generally, people with a learning disability have higher rates of death from avoidable causes than for the general population, (49% vs 22%) and die at a younger age. There is also


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