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Communication contexts about illness, death and dying for people with intellectual disabilities and life-limiting illness.

Authors
  • Ryan, Karen
  • Guerin, Suzanne
  • Dodd, Philip
  • McEvoy, John
Type
Published Article
Journal
Palliative & supportive care
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2011
Volume
9
Issue
2
Pages
201–208
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1017/S1478951511000137
PMID: 24468488
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Although there has been a shift toward conditional open awareness of death and dying in Western society, people with intellectual disabilities have not been afforded the same opportunity to engage in open discussion of their mortality. This study points to the urgent need to engage in debate about this issue in order to ensure that people with intellectual disabilities receive high quality palliative care toward the end of life.

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