Litmus Test for Measuring Quality of Life

"People on the Go", a consumer advocacy group for individuals with mental retardation, has developed a list of questions that they call the litmus test for measuring the quality of life. These questions can provide a valuable framework for the nurse working with adults with Down syndrome. The following questions may be useful to anticipate patient concerns that may arise whenever new community services, options, or resources are presented to the adult:

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Before offering a service or other resource to the adult with Down syndrome, the nurse should consider the questions in the litmus test for quality of life.