The Importance Of Therapeutic Relationship In Nursing

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A therapeutic relationship can be defined as a ‘professional, interpersonal alliance in which a nurse and client join together for a defined period to achieve health related treatment goals’. In order for a therapeutic relationship to be successful the nurse must to be able to develop a connection with the patient but as well as maintain a comfortable working distance.
An intellectual disability nurse must have the qualities and the ability to be extremely patient, empathetic, genuine, respectful, trustworthy and the nurse distance of respect and compassion. Therapeutic relationships are very important in intellectual Disability nursing because the nurse must have compassion and be able to form a good relationship with the patient in order to
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A blind, severely intellectually impaired boy aged 17 with Down syndrome and persistent serious challenging behaviour received attachment-based behaviour modification treatment. The aim was to study the effect of the treatment and the development of the therapeutic attachment relationship. The boy started treatment with attachment therapy. Attachment therapy is a child mental health intervention intended to treat attachment disorders which are mood, social and behaviour disorders. The second part of his treatment was behaviour modification. The results of this study are the client presented less frequent and less intensely challenging behaviour. The data indicated more appropriate replacement behaviour and less PEP arousal during the behaviour modification treatment given by the attachment therapist compared to the control therapist who used the same protocol. The client showed more active and longer-lasting attachment behaviour, especially proximity seeking, towards the attachment therapist than towards the control

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