Nurses’ role in caring for people with a comorbidity of mental illness and intellectual disability: A literature review

Taua, Chris, Hepworth, Julie and Neville, Christine (2012) Nurses’ role in caring for people with a comorbidity of mental illness and intellectual disability: A literature review. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 21 2: 163-174. doi:10.1111/j.1447-0349.2011.00779.x


Author Taua, Chris
Hepworth, Julie
Neville, Christine
Title Nurses’ role in caring for people with a comorbidity of mental illness and intellectual disability: A literature review
Journal name International Journal of Mental Health Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1445-8330
1447-0349
Publication date 2012-04-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2011.00779.x
Volume 21
Issue 2
Start page 163
End page 174
Total pages 12
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This article examines literature on the role of the nurse caring for people with a dual disability (DD) of intellectual disability and mental illness. A search of the literature between 2000 and 2010 resulted in a total of 21 articles that met the inclusion criteria. Seven key categories of the role of the nurse were identified: (i) advocacy/health promotion (including working with family); (ii) assessment/case management; (iii) behavioural interventions; (iv) communication; (v) leadership and the nurse's role within the multidisciplinary team; (vi) functions regarding medication administration; and (vii) safety/risk management. There is a paucity of research about the role of nurses working with people with DD, although a number of opinion-based articles exist. This article identifies a need for the role of the nurse working in DD to be more clearly articulated and for the development of evidence to guide best practice.
Keyword Comorbidity
Intellectual disability
Mental illness
Nurse
Role
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 30 OCT 2011

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2013 Collection
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