Demand for Easy Read resources for people with a learning disability accessing weight loss services
PHE ePoster Library. Roberts K. Sep 12, 2019; 274306; 117
Dr. Katharine Roberts
Dr. Katharine Roberts
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Abstract Slimming World, the UK's largest weight management organisation, developed Easy Read resources for members with a learning disability or difficulty. The aim of this work is to assess the demand for Easy Read resources, understand reasons for their request and their support in weight control.The resources included an Easy Read: guide to the weight loss programme covering dietary and physical activity advice, healthy eating poster, enrolment form and A4 size food diaries.Slimming World group Consultants (n=5500) were asked to request the resources by contacting the Slimming World Nutrition & Research team. Details of the requests were logged and linked to electronic weight recordsBy 4 weeks post-launch, 722 Consultants (13%) had requested a total of 1749 Easy Read packs, 98.7% of which were granted. For the 21 requests turned down, the member did not have a form of learning difficulty.The majority of requests were for members who attend group with a carer (24%), followed by those who had a non-specific learning difficulty (21%) or disability (15.8%), were unable to read or write (9.3%), had Down's syndrome (8.7%), dyslexia (6.7%), autism (6.8%), a neurological impairment (2.5%) were deaf or hard of hearing (3.2%), partially sighted (2.6%) or other (10.2%).This initial demand for Easy Read resources demonstrates there is a need for tailored weight management information for people with learning disabilities or difficulties. Feedback is being gathered regarding the value of the resources to members alongside the effectiveness in supporting weight loss using attendance and weight loss records. External funding details
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