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Health and Care of People with Learning Disabilities: Experimental Statistics: 2015 to 2016

Publication date: 09:30 April 06, 2017


These are aggregated data on key health issues for people who are recorded by their GP as having a learning disability, and comparative data about a control group who are not recorded by their GP as having a learning disability.

Key Facts

· Just over 56 per cent of patients registered at General Practices in England are represented in this dataset, including 146,005 people with a learning disability and 32,491,016 people without a learning disability

· On average, females with learning disabilities had around an 18 year shorter life expectancy than the general population, and males had around a 14 year shorter life expectancy than the general population

· 3 in 4 eligible patients with a learning disability received colorectal cancer screening, an increase from just over 2 in 3 in 2014-15

· Breast cancer screening for eligible female patients decreased in all age groups in both patients with and without a learning disability. Females aged 65 to 69 with a learning disability saw the largest decrease, from just under 55 per cent in 2014-15 to around 52 per cent in 2015-16

· The percentage of patients known to their GP as having a learning disability who received an annual learning disability health check increased to 46 per cent from 43 per cent in 2014-15

· Obesity is twice as common in people aged 18-35 with learning disabilities, being underweight is twice as common in people aged over 64 with learning disabilities, compared with patients with no learning disabilities


Date Range: 01 April 2015 to 31 March 2016
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: Clinical Commissioning Groups

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