Importance of role clarity: a critique of the literature
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Importance of role clarity: a critique of the literature

Kay Mafuba Associate professor, University of West London’s College of Nursing Midwifery and Healthcare, Brentford, Middlesex
Dorothy Kupara Lecturer – learning disabilities, University of West London’s College of Nursing Midwifery and Healthcare
Maria Cozens Lecturer – learning disabilities, University of West London’s College of Nursing Midwifery and Healthcare
Chiedza Kudita Public involvement co-ordinator, University of West London’s College of Nursing Midwifery and Healthcare

Kay Mafuba and colleagues argue that, for community learning disability nurses, an understanding of the concept of ‘role’ is indispensable

Community learning disability nurses need a clear understanding of the concept of ‘role’. This is important because it has implications for role clarity, role perception and role enactment when meeting the healthcare needs of people with learning disabilities. In addition, understanding of ‘role’ prevents role ambiguity and role conflict in the work environment, and can help to ensure appropriate delivery of health care to people with learning disabilities, who often present with complex needs. This article examines literature on role from symbolic interactionist, psychological, anthropological and organisational role-theory perspectives. It also highlights the significance of role ambiguity and examines current role-theory research in community learning disability nursing.

Learning Disability Practice. 18, 8,28-31. doi: 10.7748/ldp.18.8.28.e1664

Correspondence

kay.mafuba@uwl.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-bind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 01 May 2015

Accepted: 04 June 2015