Exploring the validity of screening for learning disability – using the Wilson-Jungner screening programme criteria

Karen McKenzie, Kara R. Murray

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Abstract

Recommendations have been made about how to identify people in primary care services who are likely to meet the criteria for learning disability, as one step in reducing health inequalities. In this paper we use the Wilson-Jungner appraisal criteria for screening programmes, to explore whether the introduction of such screening for learning disability can be considered to be feasible and valid. We consider this in the context of the currently recommended screening checklist and alternative evidence-based screening tools. We conclude that, while learning disability is a social construct and the Wilson-Jungner criteria were originally designed to be applied to screening for specific diseases, introducing the routine use of accurate and evidence-based screening tools, into primary care is largely consistent with the Wilson-Jungner criteria.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLearning Disability Practice
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 27 Sep 2022

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