Access to cancer screening by people with learning disabilities in England 2012/13: information from the Joint Health and Social Care Assessment Framework

Gyles Glover (Consultant in Public Health, based at Public Health England, Cambridge, UK)
Anna Christie (Health Information Analyst, based at Public Health England, Durham, UK)
Chris Hatton (Professor of Psychology, Health and Social Care, based at Centre for Disability Research, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK)

Tizard Learning Disability Review

ISSN: 1359-5474

Publication date: 30 September 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present information from the Joint Health and Social Care Self-Assessment Framework (JHSCSAF) on reported rates of cervical cancer, breast cancer and bowel cancer screening for eligible people with learning disabilities in England in 2012/2013 compared to screening rates for the general population.

Design/methodology/approach

Between 94 and 101 Learning Disability Partnership Boards, as part of the JHSCSAF, provided information to allow the calculation of rates of cervical cancer, breast cancer and bowel cancer screening in their locality, for eligible people with learning disabilities and for the population as a whole.

Findings

At a national level, reported cancer screening coverage for eligible people with learning disabilities was substantially lower than for the population as a whole (cervical cancer screening 27.6 per cent of people with learning disabilities vs 70 per cent of total population; breast cancer screening 36.8 per cent of people with learning disabilities vs 57.8 per cent of total population; bowel cancer screening 28.1 per cent of people with learning disabilities vs 40.5 per cent of the general population). There were considerable geographical variations in reported coverage for all three screening programmes.

Originality/value

Consistent with previous research, localities in England report cancer screening rates for eligible people with learning disabilities considerably below those of the general population. There is an urgent need to address data availability and quality issues, as well as reasonable adjustments to cancer screening programmes to ensure uniformly high rates of cancer screening for people with learning disabilities across England.

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Citation

Glover, G., Christie, A. and Hatton, C. (2014), "Access to cancer screening by people with learning disabilities in England 2012/13: information from the Joint Health and Social Care Assessment Framework", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 19 No. 4, pp. 194-198. https://doi.org/10.1108/TLDR-07-2014-0024

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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