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Health Inequalities Experienced by People with Learning Disabilities: Problems and Possibilities in Primary Care

Andrew Nocon (Disability Rights Commission)
Liz Sayce (RADAR)
Zenobia Nadirshaw (Kensington and Chelsea Primary Care Trust, Thames Valley University)

Tizard Learning Disability Review

ISSN: 1359-5474

Article publication date: 1 April 2008

Abstract

It is well documented that the health of people with learning disabilities is worse in many ways than that of the rest of the population, and their lives are shorter. The article reports on the results of a wide and diverse research programme, including reviews of the relevant literature, consultation, area studies and an inquiry panel, designed to gather the most complete picture possible of these health inequalities and the aspects of health services that permit them. The areas covered are morbidity, access to services, diagnosis, health problems, health promotion, health checks and services for people from black and minority ethnic populations. Inequalities are found in all these areas, some arising from professional prejudice, some from inadequate responses to characteristics shown by learning‐disabled people and some from unidentified causes. The article concludes with a summary of the measures needed to rectify the situation.

Citation

Nocon, A., Sayce, L. and Nadirshaw, Z. (2008), "Health Inequalities Experienced by People with Learning Disabilities: Problems and Possibilities in Primary Care", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 28-36. https://doi.org/10.1108/13595474200800005

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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