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ERIC Number: EJ835369
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
End-of-Life and Palliative Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities Who Have Cancer or Other Life-Limiting Illness: A Review of the Literature and Available Resources
Tuffrey-Wijne, Irene; Hogg, James; Curfs, Leopold
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v20 n4 p331-344 Jul 2007
Background: As patterns of morbidity and mortality are changing, more people with intellectual disabilities develop cancer or other life-limiting illness. This paper reviews the literature around the need of people with intellectual disabilities for palliative care. Methods: A range of databases and the World Wide Web were searched for relevant papers, book chapters, training and information materials, unpublished materials and policy guidelines. Publications from 1995 to 2005 are included. Findings: Although there has been a steady increase in published materials in recent years, research data around the palliative care needs of people with intellectual disabilities remain scarce. Case reports are the most prevalent method of exploring pertinent issues. The paper presents an overview of issues identified in the literature, with a particular focus on pain and symptom assessment, ethical issues, service planning and training needs. Conclusion: There are significant gaps in current knowledge. The authors make recommendations for future areas of research and development.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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