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Considering autistic spectrum disorders in the context of clinical nurse prescribing

Hayes, Catherine, Alcorn, Lisa and Graham, Yitka (2018) Considering autistic spectrum disorders in the context of clinical nurse prescribing. Nurse Prescribing, 16 (11). ISSN 1479-9189

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This article provides an insight for clinical nurse prescribers who may have limited knowledge of the implications of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) ontheir practice. It will provide an insight into the common characteristics of the condition, alongside an overview
of contextual and situational issues of direct relevance to sensory overload and underload. Through this, awareness is raised of how specific adaptations to practice might be made to support and empower those people living with the condition, and their families and carers. The need for individualised, holistic care is emphasised alongside information of specific relevance to the practicalities of nurse prescribing in practice. The article also outlines the issues of polypharmacy and pharmacotherapy of relevance to patients with ASD and the precursors to these, which can be readily identified in practice.

Key words: Autistic spectrum disorder; autism; intellectual disability; communication; sensory overload

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Depositing User: Klaire Purvis-Shepherd


Item ID: 10126
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ISSN: 1479-9189
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ORCID for Catherine Hayes: ORCID iD
ORCID for Yitka Graham: ORCID iD

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Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2018 14:20
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2020 13:22


Author: Catherine Hayes ORCID iD
Author: Yitka Graham ORCID iD
Author: Lisa Alcorn

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Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing
Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Nursing and Health Sciences

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