Severe Intellectual Disability

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schub said that individuals with a severe intellectual disability can be at increased risk for pain for several reasons such as having comorbid physical disability, medical conditions, receiving treatment for those disabilities and conditions and incurring new injuries because they are at increased risk for injury. Although self report is that gold standard for pain assessment, children with a severe intellectual disability typically unable to provide a self report pain due to their limited verbal ability. It can be also complicated in this patient population because they exhibit typical pain behavior such as grimacing but they are not really experiencing pain.
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