Nurses' experience of caring for people with intellectual disability and dementia.

Using a Husserlian phenomenological approach Cleary & Doody (2016) explored the lived experience of 20 nurses providing community and residential services to people with an intellectual disability and dementia. Contrary to previous literature in this area, the authors found a good level of knowledge about dementia and a confidence in providing end of life care but participants reported concern about the level of knowledge among their colleagues. Participants were committed to a person centred approach but highlighted the impact of increased time needed to provide care and support. They also highlighted the complex and difficult nature of transitions across all settings and the impact of the behaviour of the person with dementia on their peers. The authors point to the need for an educated, dementia aware workforce.
Title: 
Nurses' experience of caring for people with intellectual disability and dementia.
Date: 
2017
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Cleary, J. and Doody, O. (2017), Nurses' experience of caring for people with intellectual disability and dementia. J ClinNurs, 26: 620–631. doi:10.1111/jocn.13431