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Annual information on the health and care of people with learning disabilities is published

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Information on the health of people with learning disabilities in 2018-19 has been released today by NHS Digital.

Health and Care of People with Learning Disabilities, 2018-191 summarises data relating to 54% of patients in England2 on key health issues for people recorded by their GP as having a learning disability. It also includes comparative data about patients recorded by their GP as not having a learning disability, to show differences in health and care between the two groups.

For the first time, this publication contains a standardised mortality ratio, comparing mortality for those with a learning disability against those without.

The publication also covers:

  • prevalence of learning disabilities
  • learning disability health checks
  • life expectancy
  • cancer screening

Statistics about the prevalence of various health conditions, such as epilepsy and heart disease, are also included.

Trend data is available for 2018-19 and the preceding four years, broken down to Clinical Commissioning Group level.


Read the full report

Health and Care of People with Learning Disabilities, 2018-19

Notes for editors


    1. This publication is classified as experimental statistics due to limitations in practice coverage. Experimental statistics are a series of statistics that are in the testing phase and not yet fully developed, but are still of value, provided users view them in the context of the limitations described.
    2. The publication contains data from participating practices, which are those using EMIS, Microtest and Vision IT systems. Data from practices which use the TPP system is not included.


    NHS Digital is the national information and technology partner of the health and care system.  Our team of information analysis, technology and project management experts create, deliver and manage the crucial digital systems, services, products and standards upon which health and care professionals depend.  During the 2018/19 financial year, NHS Digital published 265 statistical reports. Our vision is to harness the power of information and technology to make health and care better.


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