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Pain underreporting associated with profound intellectual disability in emergency departments

By: Amor-Salamanca, A.
Contributor(s): Menchon, J. M.
Series: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 61 (4) 2017: 341-347. 2017Subject(s): PROFOUND INTELLECTUAL AND MULTIPLE DISABILITIES | EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS | ASSESSMENT | PAIN | DIAGNOSIS | SPAIN | REASONS FOR ED CONSULTATIONOnline resources: Click to read article online IHC Library Members Summary: The results of this study suggest that persons with profound intellectual disability are less able to conceptualise and communicate information about their symptoms, especially as regards pain, and that this influences the diagnosis they are given when attending an emergency department. Professionals working in this environment need to be aware of this possibility so as not to underestimate or overlook such symptoms and the illnesses related to them.
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The results of this study suggest that persons with profound intellectual disability are less able to conceptualise and communicate information about their symptoms, especially as regards pain, and that this influences the diagnosis they are given when attending an emergency department. Professionals working in this environment need to be aware of this possibility so as not to underestimate or overlook such symptoms and the illnesses related to them.

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