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Health and Care of People with Learning Disabilities: Experimental Statistics: 2016 to 2017

This is part of Health and Care of People with Learning Disabilities

Experimental statistics
Publication Date:
12 Dec 2017
Geographic Coverage:
England
Geographical Granularity:
Clinical Commissioning Groups
Date Range:
01 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2017

Summary

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

  • In 2016-17, 1 in 218 people were recorded as having a learning disability.
  • Over 57 per cent of patients registered at General Practices in England were included in these data, an increase from 51 per cent in 2014-15.
  • 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.
  • Almost 80 per cent of eligible patients with a learning disability aged 60-69 received screening for colorectal cancer, an increase from 69 per cent in 2014-15.
  • Overall, almost 50 per cent of patients with a learning disability received an annual learning disability health check in 2016-17. This is an increase from 43 per cent in 2014-15.
  • Around 42 per cent of patients with a learning disability received a seasonal influenza immunisation in 2016-17 compared to 41 per cent in 2014-15.
  • The overall rate of constipation identified in patients with a learning disability was just over 13 per cent in 2016-17. This is an increase from under 2 per cent in 2014-15.
  • 3 per cent of patients with a learning disability also had a diagnosis of dysphagia, with the highest prevalence recorded in patients aged 75 and over.

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