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

Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, James Hogg, Leopold Curfs

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    Abstract

    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databases and the World Wide Web were searched for relevant papers, book chapters, training and information materials, unpublished materials and policy guidelines.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
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)331-344
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
    Volume20
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Keywords

    • Cancer
    • Death
    • Intellectual disabilities
    • Literature review
    • Mental retardation
    • Palliative care

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