Being a child with intellectual disabilities in hospital: The need for an individualised approach to care

Kate Oulton, Faith Gibson, Charlotte Kenten, Jessica Russell, Lucinda Carr, Angela Hassiotis, Paula Kelly, Sam Kerry, Irene Tuffrey‐Wijne, Mark Whiting, Jo Wray

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Abstract

Background: There is limited qualitative research focussed specifically on what it is like for children and young people with intellectual disabilities coming into hospital, with much of the evidence‐base being about those with Autism Spectrum Condition or adults with intellectual disabilities.
Aim: To share rich detail of the emotional and physical impact on children and young people with intellectual disabilities of attending hospital, from their own and their parent's perspective.
Methods: Talking Mats interviews, sticker survey and photography with children and young people with intellectual disabilities, and in‐depth interviews, hospital diaries and photography with their parents.
Results and Conclusions: The multiple and compounding layers of complexity surrounding hospital care of children and young people with intellectual disabilities resulted in challenges associated with loss of familiarity and routine, undergoing procedures, managing sensory overload, managing pain and having a lack of safety awareness. An individualised approach to their care is needed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Early online date4 Oct 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Oct 2023

Keywords

  • children and young people
  • hospital care
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • parents
  • acute care

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