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People with intellectual disabilities

Irene Tuffrey-Wijne

in Death, Dying, and Social Differences

Second edition

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599295
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731532 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599295.003.0039
People with intellectual disabilities

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This chapter discusses issues in the provision of palliative care to people with intellectual disabilities, including late diagnosis, communication problems, family, and the needs of care staff. It presents guidelines for palliative care professionals. It argues that with commitment, forward planning, collaboration, and above all a positive attitude, the provision of palliative and end of life care for people with intellectual disabilities can be a positive and inspiring experience for those involved.

Keywords: intellectually disabled; disabled people; palliative care; end of life care

Chapter.  3761 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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