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The role of nurses in meeting the health care needs of older people with intellectual disabilities: a review of the published literature



The role of nurses in meeting the health care needs of older people with intellectual disabilities: a review of the published literature



Journal of Intellectual Disabilities 16(2): 85-95



People with intellectual disabilities are now living longer and as a consequence are likely to have greater physical and mental health needs compared to the general population. Nurses may have a crucial role to play in meeting such needs, although it is unclear whether nurses are prepared for this role. This review of the available literature found little evidence of nurses undertaking effective interventions in meeting the health needs of older people with intellectual disabilities in the UK and Ireland. Nurses have been alerted to the increase in numbers of older people with intellectual disabilities and offered some direction on their future role in this area. Most of the available literature is based mainly on informed opinion rather than research findings.

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DOI: 10.1177/1744629512442032


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