Screening for specific learning difficulties (SpLD): the impact upon the progression of pre-registration nursing students

Nurse Educ Today. 2012 Jan;32(1):96-100. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2011.01.021. Epub 2011 Feb 25.


The study aimed to explore the impact of screening pre-registration nursing students for an SpLD at entry to an education programme, and the provision of specialist support for those identified as 'at risk'. Progression was monitored using a multiple method approach. 242 (98%) students completed and returned the Adult Dyslexia Check List (ADCL). 69 scored 7 or above (28.5% of responses) and 36 (52%) went on for further assessment. 48% of students who scored 7+ did not go on to contact Disability Services at all. 11% of the cohort was formally identified as having a SpLD at the end of the year compared to 3.9% of students with a declared disability entering pre-registration nurse education in 2007. 54% of the students who scored 7+ successfully progressed into year two, compared with 41% of students with SpLD from a previous cohort.

MeSH terms

  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Cohort Studies
  • Dyslexia / diagnosis*
  • Education, Nursing*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Educational Status
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening*
  • Psychological Tests
  • Students, Nursing / psychology*