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Intellectual disability nursing
Nurses need to develop knowledge and skills to support the transition from child to adult health services for people with intellectual disabilities
  1. John Rose
  1. School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor John Rose, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK; j.l.rose{at}

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Commentary on: Brown M, MacArthur J, Truesdale M, Higgins A. The transition from child to adult health services for young adults with intellectual disabilities: An evaluation of a pilot of an online learning resource for Registered Nurses. Nurse Educ Pract. 2022 Oct;64:103424. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2022.103424. Epub 2022 Aug 4.

Implications for research and practice

  • A new online resource shows promise in developing nurses knowledge of transition from child to adult health services for young adults with intellectual disabilities

  • The resource could be extended to other professional groups however, a thorough evaluation of the resource is first required.


For people living with intellectual disabilities, the difficulties of moving between child and adult services and the recognition of a need for support are well known.1 Registered nurses have a key role to play in this transition, and while nurses specialising in the provision of services to people with ID may have previous …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.