More published research related to the role of nurses and effective nursing interventions for older people with ID is needed

By Robert Jenkins, PhD
University of Glamorgan, United Kingdom

People with intellectual disabilities (ID) are now living longer and are facing aging issues including increased physical and mental health needs. Nurses play a crucial role in meeting these health needs. However, it is unclear whether nurses are prepared for this role.

What did you do in your research?
We reviewed published articles, related to the role of nurses in meeting the health care needs of older people with ID in the UK and Ireland.

What did you find out?
After reviewing all articles only 10 journal articles and one book chapter were found that met the criteria. In our review, we found very little research that had specifically looked into the role of nurses in meeting the needs of older people with ID. Most of the papers which have been published in the area of meeting the needs for older people with ID tended to be opinion papers. However, there was some research which did have an element of a nursing focus. Overall, there is lack of published evidence on the actual roles of nurses trying to meet the health needs of this population.

What are the take-home messages?
More published research related to the role of nurses and effective nursing interventions for older people with ID is needed. Additionally, nurses need to publish more of their work of developing interventions to meet health needs in this population.

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Full Journal Article
Jenkins, R. (2012). The role of nurses in meeting the health care needs of older people with intellectual disabilities: A review of the published literature. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities,
16(2)
, 85–95.