End of life decisions for people with intellectual disabilities

For people with an intellectual disability, death can be a daunting prospect.

How do you explain what death is? That it’s an inevitability that it can happen to anyone, including you.

It’s also difficult for clinicians working in palliative care to understand the needs of people with intellectual disabilities at the end of life, as there are many communication barriers.

This week, we take a look at the challenges of palliative care for people with intellectual disabilities.

Ellen Leabeater has more.


Michelle Weise – Research associate and Lecturer, University of Sydney
Dr Tim Luckett – Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Health, UTS
Jane Phillips – Director of the Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care & Professor of Palliative Nursing at UTS

Image: ambertq on Flickr.

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