An unspoken need (154kb)
Marilynne Kirshbaum, Sally Arrey
British Journal of Community Nursing, Vol. 17, Iss. 8, 03 Aug 2012, pp 355
Harry was a 49-year-old man with severe learning disabilities and profound communication difficulties living in a palliative care service unit. He had pain related to undiagnosed bowel cancer and died without receiving any treatment other than paracetamol. A learning disabilities nurse wrote that 'this man was unable to communicate his distress in a way that carers and staff could interpret.' He had the right to quality of life like any other human being, but his needs were sometimes misunderstood because he communicated them differently.