Statistics on care of people with learning disabilities

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To mark the start of learning disability week, NHS Digital’s statistics team has been working on highlighting some of the key statistics associated with the health of care of people with learning disabilities.

Our 2016-17 Health and Care of People with Learning Disabilities report that was published in December shows that:  

  • 49.7% of patients with a learning disability registered at a GP practice received an annual learning disabilities health check in 2016-17, an increase from 43.2% in 2014-15.
  • 41.9% of patients with a learning disability registered at a GP practice received a seasonal influenza immunisation in 2016-17, an increase from 40.8% in 2014-15.
  • 79.5% of eligible patients with a learning disability registered at a GP practice aged 60-69 received screening for colorectal cancer, less than the 86.0% of those eligible patients 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.

The 2016-17 report has also been compiled into an easy to read format to allow people with learning disabilities to have greater understanding of some of the health issues that affect them.

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