Professional boundaries in learning disability care

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Abstract

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Nurses and other staff in learning disability care may unwittingly or deliberately breach professional boundaries. Education and discussion can help manage this

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> Why professional boundaries are important

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> Characteristics of professional relationships

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> Advice on keeping within boundaries

Bowler, M, Nash P (2014) Professional boundaries in learning disability care. Nursing Times; 110, 12–15. Healthcare staff providing care for people with a learning disability often deliver intimate personal care and have access to confidential information about vulnerable clients. Awareness of professional boundaries can help them to avoid either under- or over-involvement with patients and clients. Education and reflection can improve staff awareness of boundaries and help them reflect usefully on their relationships with clients.

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