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H.E.L.P. Framework for Pain and Distress

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Victoria Bojda, University of Toronto Faculty of Nursing RN Clinical Placement Student, Community Network of Specialized Care/CNSC Toronto Region, Surrey Place 

Angie Gonzales, Health Care Facilitator and Nursing Professional Practice Lead, CNSC Toronto Region, Surrey Place 

H.E.L.P. framework in approach to support for addressing pain and distress, observation/ assessment guidelines and tools, case scenarios. This tool helps service providers supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to understand contributing factors when presenting with emotional distress and behavioural concerns. What might appear to be ‘psychiatric’ issues, might turn out to be undiagnosed medical conditions, unrecognized pain and support issues, and/or related to past adversity and trauma.

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