The nature of intellectual disabilities and its relationship to intellectual disability nursing

Kudita, Chiedza and Mafuba, Kay ORCID: (2023) The nature of intellectual disabilities and its relationship to intellectual disability nursing. In: Learning and Intellectual Disability Nursing Practice 2nd Edition. Routledge, Taylor and Francis, Abington, UK, pp. 1-31. ISBN 9781032282763

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This chapter explores the nature and various manifestations of intellectual disabilities, along with its relationship to intellectual disability nursing. It commences by describing in some detail the term intellectual disabilities, along with some of the criteria that are used in determining its presence, and this leads us to defining the term. This is sometimes difficult, as the term means different things to different people—not only in the United Kingdom, but also internationally (Gates and Mafuba, 2016). Furthermore, it will be shown that the term has different meanings between the many health and social care professionals, service agencies and other disciplines involved in supporting people with intellectual disabilities. Next, the chapter outlines some of the important issues surrounding its incidence and prevalence. Distinctions are made between pre-, peri-, and postnatal factors of causation. This is followed by an outline of causation, and some of the more common genetic and chromosomal abnormalities, and their manifestation, and the chapter will identify aspects of co-morbidity, and some of the health challenges that this group of people may experience because of these clinical manifestations. The second half of this chapter will then explore intellectual disability nursing, its strong value base, and its long relationship in supporting this group of people and their families. Also explored will be services, and how such services can contribute to the health and well-being of people with intellectual disabilities, making a small but nonetheless valuable contribution to improving the quality of lives for this often marginalised and vulnerable group of people. The content of this chapter is contextualised within the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of the United Kingdom (NMC, 2018) and Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) (NMBI, 2016) standards and requirements for competence.

Item Type: Book Section
Identifier: 10.4324/9781003296461-1
Subjects: Medicine and health > Nursing > Learning disabilities nursing
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Depositing User: Kay Mafuba
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2023 11:33
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2023 10:56

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