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Trends in age-standardised mortality rates and life expectancy of people with learning disabilities in Sheffield over a 33-year period

Eric Emerson (Professor of Disability Population Health, based at Centre for Disability Research, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK and Centre for Disability Research and Policy, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia)
Gyles Glover (Consultant in Public Health, based at Public Health England, Cambridge, UK)
Chris Hatton (Professor of Psychology, Health and Social Care, based at Centre for Disability Research, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK)
John Wolstenholme (Information Manager, based at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK)

Tizard Learning Disability Review

ISSN: 1359-5474

Article publication date: 1 April 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe trends in the age-standardised mortality rate and life expectancy of people with learning disabilities in Sheffield over three decades and to compare these with trends in the general population of England and Wales.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were extracted from the Sheffield Case Register and compared with data published by the Office for National Statistics for England and Wales.

Findings

There was a sustained reduction in age-standardised mortality rates and a sustained increase in life expectancy for people with intellectual disabilities over the 33-year period. These changes are extremely similar to those observed in the general population of England and Wales.

Originality/value

There is little evidence of any closing of the gap in age-standardised mortality rates or life expectancy between people with intellectual disabilities and the general population.

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Citation

Emerson, E., Glover, G., Hatton, C. and Wolstenholme, J. (2014), "Trends in age-standardised mortality rates and life expectancy of people with learning disabilities in Sheffield over a 33-year period", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 19 No. 2, pp. 90-95. https://doi.org/10.1108/TLDR-01-2014-0003

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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