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Physical Health
Physical health
PatTalbot
Definition

Health is a difficult concept to define, but it is usually described as holistic in nature, involving physical, psychological and social elements. Definitions of health can raise issues for people with disabilities as they can emphasise the absence of disease and disability. Cottrell et al. (2002), in their definition of physical health, subscribe to this view, but they also include the concept of biological integrity as a requirement for physical health. This concept would seem to be more attainable for people with a learning disability.

Key Points
  • Physical health can contribute to the quality of life experienced by a person with a learning disability.
  • People with learning disabilities have higher levels of unmet physical health needs, receiving less effective assessment and treatment.
  • Strategies are in place ...

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