Vårdpersonalens bemötande av patienter med en utvecklingsstörning
: Ur patienternas egna, anhörigas och vårdpersonalens perspektiv

Translated title of the thesis: Health care professionals’ behaviours towards patients with a developmental disability: From the patients own, relatives and health care professionals perspectives
  • Anna Lundgren
  • Hanna Bång

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Background: Approximately one percent of the Swedish population has a developmental disability. A diagnostic criteria for developmental disorders includes an IQ below 70. To meet, or to encounter a patient in the right way, is an abstract concept with different dimensions including the ability of having a conversation.

    Aim: The aim of this study was to illuminate health care professionals attitudes towards adult patients with a developmental disability. The treatment is described from the patient’s own view, the relative’s view and the health care professional’s view.

    Method: This overview was done in a systematic way. The result is based upon 12 qualitative and quantitative scientific articles. The articles has been quality assessed and processed using an inductive content analysis.

    Result: In general, health care professionals have a positive attitude towards individuals with developmental disabilities as patients. However negative attitudes did exist, often due to a lack of understanding. Many health care professionals have insufficient knowledge about how to provide care for and communicate with this group of patients. Relatives and assistants often had to take a great deal of responsibility regarding to the context of the patients contact with health care.


    Date of Award2011-May-04
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorLena Helander (Supervisor)

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Nursing (30305)


    • developmental/intellectual disability
    • nurse
    • patient
    • encounter
    • nursing

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