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Ethical Challenges in Intellectual Disability Research

Owen Doody

Department of Nursing and Midwifery, North Bank Campus, University of Limerick, Ireland.

Corresponding Author: Owen Doody, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, North Bank Campus, University of Limerick, Ireland, Tel: +353 61 213367; E-Mail:

Received Date: 11 Aug 2018
Accepted Date: 21 Aug 2018  
Published Date: 27 Aug 2018
Copyright © 2018 Doody O
Citation: Doody O. (2018). Ethical Challenges in Intellectual Disability Research. Mathews J Nurs. 1(1): 005.



Involving individuals with intellectual disability in research can be difficult, researchers often focus on those with a mild/ moderate disability as they are often more accessible. However, there is a drive politically and socially to include and involve all persons with intellectual disability in research. Researchers must address the notions of consent, autonomy and consider best practice rather than a threshold of autonomy to avoid wronging participants and enabling persons with intellectual disability to be involved in research to the best of their ability. Thereby enabling all people with intellectual disability including those least able to participate in research through using creative and imaginative ways to support them through the research process.

Keywords: Ethics; Inclusion; Intellectual disability; Participation; Research.

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