Fact sheet

This fact sheet provides information to support clinicians to provide better health care for people with intellectual disability. It focuses on person-centred care strategies.

Person-centred care is fundamental to safe, high- quality healthcare. It is care that is respectful of, and responsive to, the preferences, needs and values of the individual patient. Person-centred care involves clinicians seeking out and understanding what is important to the person, fostering trust, establishing mutual respect and working together to share decisions and plan care. These fundamentals apply to everyone but may require additional considerations when caring for a person with intellectual disability.

This fact sheet is part of a series of fact sheets for health service organisations. The aim of the fact sheets is to support improvement in the quality of health care for people with intellectual disability. Reflective questions and suggested strategies are linked to actions in the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHS) Standards.

Related Information

Intellectual disability: safety and quality issues https://apo.org.au/node/314600

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NSQHS Fact sheet 2