Original ArticlesProviding Quality Care to the Intellectually Disadvantaged Patient Population During the COVID-19 PandemicMcGonigal, Michelle DNP, RN, NE-BCAuthor Information Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Correspondence: Michelle McGonigal, DNP, RN, NE-BC, Allegheny General Hospital, 320 East North Ave, 12th Floor, South Tower, Pittsburgh PA 15212 ([email protected]). Disclosures: None to report. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly: October/December 2020 - Volume 43 - Issue 4 - p 480-483 doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0000000000000331 Buy Metrics Abstract The coronavirus pandemic has impacted global health care delivery within a short period of time and has spotlighted the needs of vulnerable patient populations. The recommended initiatives to prevent the viral spread have included strategies such as social distancing, hand hygiene, and wearing protective personal equipment. These activities are community-wide focused, however, may be difficult to achieve for those individuals with intellectual disabilities, thus making this population susceptible to viral spread of infection. This article discusses the experience at a large urban teaching hospital in regard to the care of intellectually disadvantaged patients with COVID-19 infection. © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.