Annual health checks for people with learning disabilities

Nurs Stand. 2010 Aug;24(50):35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.


People with learning disabilities have greater health needs than the general population, and annual health checks for this group are advocated. This article reviews the literature for the need for such checks and discusses whether they lead to health improvements for individuals with learning disabilities. It considers how annual health checks should be implemented and the role of community learning disability teams.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Learning Disabilities / physiopathology*
  • Patient Care Team
  • Physical Examination*