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People with intellectual disability are believed to be at risk of receiving poor end of life care. Nurses, given their advocacy role and duty to provide compassionate end-of-life care, have the potential to change this situation but research regarding this aspect of their role is limited. This paper thus seeks to answer the question ‘How and when are nurses involved in providing care at end of life for people with intellectual disability?’

Thirty-eight intellectual disability care providers in the UK providing support to 13,568 people with intellectual disability were surveyed. Data regarding 247 deaths within this population were gathered in two stages and subsequently entered into SPSSX for analysis.

Findings revealed that the majority of deaths occurred between the ages of 50 and 69, the most commonly reported cause of death being respiratory problems. Both community and hospital based nurses were involved in supporting individuals during their final 3 months of life and sometimes more than one type of nurse provided support to individuals. Generally, nursing care was rated positively although room for improvement was also identified.

Nurses are involved in supporting people with intellectual disability at end of life and appropriate education is required to undertake this role. This may require change in curricula and subsequent research to determine the impact of such change on nursing support to this population.
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Rhif yr erthygl1744987118780919
Nifer y tudalennau17
CyfnodolynJournal of Research in Nursing
Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar3 Gorff 2018
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsE-gyhoeddi cyn argraffu - 3 Gorff 2018

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