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Health and Care of People with Learning Disabilities

A wide range of studies indicate that people with learning disabilities have poorer health than people without learning disabilities, and receive poorer healthcare. Responsibilities under equalities legislation require public bodies, including the Department of Health and healthcare commissioning bodies, to monitor their performance in identifying and addressing these issues.

These are aggregated data on key health issues for people who are recorded by their GP as having a learning disability, and comparative data about a control group who are not recorded by their GP as having a learning disability.

What data were collected?

NHS Digital extracted aggregated data across 77 indicators covering two key patient cohorts:

  • Learning disability patient cohort - Patients recorded as being on their general practice's Learning Disabilities Register, as per version 30.0 of the learning disabilities Quality and Outcomes Framework business rules definition.
  • Control patient cohort - Patients not recorded as being on their general practice's Learning Disabilities Register, as per version 30.0 of the learning disabilities Quality and Outcomes Framework business rules definition. This cohort is intended solely to enable a comparison against the learning disability patient cohort.

NHS Digital did not extract any patient-level data. NHS Digital received data aggregated at general practice level. The published data are further aggregated at Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) level reported against these 77 indicators, in most cases split by age and gender categories. The 77 indicators cover areas such as:

  • Demography
  • Health promotion
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Uptake of screening tests, e.g. cervical cancer screening
  • Prevalence of key gastrointestinal disorders, gastric oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), dysphagia and constipation
  • Prevalence of common diseases, e.g. asthma, cancer and diabetes
  • Management and outcomes of some key health conditions, e.g. diabetes and epilepsy

Latest data release

Data at clinical commissioning group (CCG) level, with interactive analysis tool and CSV data file that can be used to perform further analyses on our data, plus a national level overview report.

Health and Care of People with Learning Disabilities: experimental statistics, 2014 to 2015
Health and Care of People with Learning Disabilities: experimental statistics, 2015 to 2016

Power BI Interactive Report

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