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Who's at risk and why?

Adults :: Learning disabilities :: Who's at risk and why?

There is much published evidence relating to the poorer health and health outcomes faced by those with LD.

Within information provided to support the national Joint Health and Social Care Self Assessment Framework (as published by the Public Health Observatory) it is referenced that people with learning disabilities are 58 times more likely to die before the age of 50 than the general population (Hollins et al 1999). Continuing to explain some of the history behind this the Observatory highlights that people with learning disabilities are disadvantaged by:

  1. Greater risk of exposure to social determinants of poorer health such as poverty, poor housing, unemployment and social disconnectedness.

  2. Increased risk of health problems associated with specific genetic, biological and environmental causes of learning disabilities.

  3. Communication difficulties and reduced health literacy.

  4. Personal health risks and behaviours such as poor diet and lack of exercise.

  5. Deficiencies relating to access to healthcare provision.