Using actors with learning disabilities during training to improve doctors’ communication and diagnostic skills

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Poor communication between people with learning disabilities, their carers and health professionals has been cited as an element of the explanation of health inequalities faced by people with learning disabilities.

In his debut blog, Tom Crossland looks at one study which used actors with learning disabilities as ‘standardised patients’ in the training of medical students in order to see if this might improve communication and diagnostic skills.

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Better training for medical students can combat health inequalities for people with learning disabilities

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People with learning disabilities experience health inequalities and can face significant barriers in accessing healthcare. Whilst doctors have traditionally received little specific training in this area, there are increasingly new initiatives aimed at changing attitudes and improving knowledge and skills.

Here, in her debut blog, Genevieve Young Southward looks at an Australian initiative that aimed to involve people with disabilities directly in the training of medical students.

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