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Health and Care of People with Learning Disabilities, Experimental Statistics: 2018 to 2019 [PAS]

Experimental statistics, Other reports and statistics
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Clinical Commissioning Groups, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Clinical Commissioning Regions, Regions
Date Range:
01 Apr 2018 to 31 Mar 2019


People with learning disabilities often have a shorter life expectancy than that of the general population. Some of the causes of mortality amongst this population are thought to be premature and preventable.

The aim of the publication is to inform users about the key differences in healthcare between those individuals with a learning disability and those without. It contains 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 recorded by their GP as not having a learning disability.

This publication also includes a three-year rolling mortality indicator presented as a standardised mortality ratio. It is aimed at measuring the national and local standardised mortality ratio of the learning disabilities population compared to the general population.

This publication contains data on 54% of patients registered in England as at 1 April 2019. It includes data from participating practices using EMIS, MICROTEST and VISION GP systems.

The next release of the ‘health and care of people with learning disabilities’ publication will include changes to the code clusters used to identify patients with a learning disability. In addition, new data will be collected to monitor the prescription of antipsychotic medication to patients with a learning disability in order to support the NHS STOMP (stopping over medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both) campaign. A small number of indicators that are now redundant are also being retired from the next collection.

Key Facts

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54% of patients registered in England were included in this publication.

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Learning Disability Prevalence

0.47% of the patients included in this publication were recorded by their GP as having a learning disability.

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Standardised Mortality Ratio

Given uncertainty, people with a learning disability aged 0-74 were between 3.87 and 4.11 times more likely to die in the period 2016-19 than people in the general population in the same age and sex group.

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Epilepsy Prevalence

In 2018-19, epilepsy was 26 times more common in people with a learning disability than would be expected based on the rates of epilepsy in the general population.

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Dysphagia Prevalence

In 2018-19, 5.8% of patients with a learning disability were also recorded as having dysphagia, an increase of 3.2% since 2014-2015.

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NHS Digital regularly solicit feedback for users of its publications which are experimental statistics to help further development.


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Last edited: 22 January 2020 1:52 pm