Inclusive nursing care for people with intellectual disabilities using urology services

Authors

  • Owen Barr,

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    1. O Barr, RGN, RNLD, RNT, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Nursing Research and School of Nursing, University of Ulster, Londonderry BT48 7JL, Northern Ireland, UK
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  • Margaret Sowney

    1. M Sowney, MSc, BSc (Hons), RNT, RGN, RNLD, Lecturer, School of Nursing, University of Ulster, Londonderry BT48 7JL, Northern Ireland, UK
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Owen Barr, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Nursing Research and School of Nursing, University of Ulster, Londonderry BT48 7JL, Northern Ireland, Uk.
E-mail: o.barr@ulster.ac.uk

Abstract

The need to address the health needs and provide equity of access to health care for people with intellectual disabilities has been highlighted nationally within the UK, as well as internationally. Despite a similar likelihood (if not an increased likelihood) of urological problems among people with intellectual disabilities, this topic appears to have received limited attention within the wider nursing or the specific intellectual disability literature. This paper considers the potential challenges that may be encountered in seeking to provide care and support a person with intellectual disabilities who may require the support of a urology nurse and provides some suggestions for practical actions to respond effectively.

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