Care of adults with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities
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Care of adults with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities

Martha Dunworth Fitzgerald Lecturer in intellectual disability nursing, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
John Sweeney Independent consultant, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Martha Dunworth Fitzgerald and John Sweeney explore professionals’ perceptions of their roles when working with people in residential care

The aim of the research described here was to determine precisely the role of registered nurses in caring for adults with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities in residential care in Ireland. A qualitative descriptive study was carried out to explore nurses’ perceptions of their role in this specific area of intellectual disability care. The objective of the research was to help produce evidence-based guidelines on caring for this group of people and thus improve care standards.

Learning Disability Practice. 16, 8, 32-38. doi: 10.7748/ldp2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 12 February 2013

Accepted: 13 August 2013

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