The role of nurses in supporting people with intellectual disabilities to manage asthma
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The role of nurses in supporting people with intellectual disabilities to manage asthma

Megan O’Connor Intellectual disability nursing student, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Eileen Carey Lecturer, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

People with intellectual disabilities have greater health needs than the general population, however they also experience greater inequality in accessing healthcare. Registered intellectual disability nurses (RNIDs) have a primary role in supporting these patients to access adequate healthcare and experience optimal health. Asthma affects many people with intellectual disabilities. This article gives an overview of the condition and discusses RNIDs’ role in supporting people to manage their own condition.

Learning Disability Practice. 20, 1, 24-29. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2017.e1778

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Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 30 June 2016

Accepted: 12 December 2016