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Ageing and health status in adults with intellectual disabilities: results of the European POMONA II study

Haveman, Meindert, Perry, Jonathan, Salvador-Carulla, Luis, Walsh, Patricia Noonan, Kerr, Michael Patrick, Van Schrojenstein Lantman-de Valk, Henny, Van Hove, Geert, Berger, Dasa Moravec, Azema, Bernard, Buono, Serafino, Cara, Alexandra Carmen, Germanavicius, Arunas, Linehan, Christine, Määttä, Tuomo, Tossebro, Jan and Weber, Germain 2011. Ageing and health status in adults with intellectual disabilities: results of the European POMONA II study. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability 36 (1) , pp. 49-60. 10.3109/13668250.2010.549464

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Abstract

Background POMONA II was a European Commission public health-funded project. The research questions in this article focus on age-specific differences relating to environmental and lifestyle factors, and the 17 medical conditions measured by the POMONA Checklist of Health Indicators (P15). Method The P15 was completed in a cross-sectional design for a stratified sample of 1,253 adults with ID across 14 European member states. Results Older people (55+) were more likely to live in larger residential homes. Rates of smoking and use of alcohol were lower than in the general population but were higher with older age. More than 60% of older adults had a sedentary lifestyle. Cataract, hearing disorder, diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis/arthrosis, and osteoporosis were positively associated with advancing age; allergies and epilepsy, negatively associated. Conclusions Some evidence of health disparities was found for older people with ID, particularly in terms of underdiagnosed or inadequately managed preventable health conditions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: ageing, health status, health inequalities
Publisher: Informa PLC
ISSN: 1366-8250
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:54
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/28969

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