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Time helps and hinders communication with learning disability patients

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Time is perceived by hospital nurses as both an “enemy and friend” for communicating with patients with learning disabilities, according to a study of 15 nurses by the University of Queensland.

The authors said: “Time as a barrier was related to avoiding direct communication and preferring family or paid carers communicated on behalf of the patient.

Time as a facilitator was related to valuing communication, investing extra time, and to applying a range of adaptive strategies.”

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