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The nature of intellectual disability nursing 

The nature of intellectual disability nursing
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The nature of intellectual disability nursing
Author(s):

Owen Barr

and Bob Gates

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198782872.003.0001
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date: 09 May 2021

This chapter explores the nature of intellectual disability. It identifies what intellectual disability is and the different degrees manifested, along with definitions of intellectual disability and its incidence and prevalence. The chapter also identifies how intellectual disability is diagnosed. Causes and manifestations of intellectual disability are outlined, along with the presentation of common conditions found in people with intellectual disability. The nature of intellectual disability nursing is explored, along with how it may be viewed as the purist form of nursing by adopting holistic approaches and working, as it does, with people across their lifespan. The principles and values of intellectual disability policy are outlined for each of the jurisdictions of the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

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