Research Article
Volume 3 Issue 3 - 2021
Enhancing Care for Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Critical Assessment Based on Nurses’ Experiential Reflections
John P Bartkowski1* and Courtney K Barrie2
1Department of Sociology, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
2Project Coordinator, Office of Student Advocacy and Anti-Violence Education, St. Mary’s University of San Antonio, USA
*Corresponding Author: John P Bartkowski, Department of Sociology, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA.
Received: February 04, 2021; Published: February 18, 2021


People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are medically underserved, thereby exhibiting both acute and chronic health disadvantages. Many medical providers - physicians in particular - do not have a working knowledge of the unique medical needs of patients with IDD. In addition to this IDD knowledge gap, the interactions of healthcare professionals with such patients sometimes reflect the wider society’s discomfort and intolerance toward people with IDD. This study uses experiential reflections from nurses and direct service providers who commonly treat patients with IDD to promote the enhancement of medical care to this vulnerable population. As frontline health workers, their insights illuminate current gaps and improvement opportunities concerning advocacy, treatment plans, and the delivery of effective care for patients with IDD.


Keywords: Nurses; Direct Service Providers; Physicians; Clinicians; Disabilities; Intellectual Disability; Developmental Disability; IDD; Qualitative


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Citation: John P Bartkowski and Courtney K Barrie. “Enhancing Care for Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Critical Assessment Based on Nurses’ Experiential Reflections”. EC Nursing and Healthcare 3.3 (2021): 200-211.

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