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A comparison of the prevalence of chronic disease among people with and without intellectual disability

Morin, Diane, Mérineau-Côté, Julie, Ouellette-Kuntz, Hélène, Tassé, Marc J. and Kerr, Michael Patrick 2012. A comparison of the prevalence of chronic disease among people with and without intellectual disability. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 117 (6) , pp. 455-463. 10.1352/1944-7558-117.6.455

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Abstract

Some studies have reported the presence of health disparities in people with intellectual disability. This study compared the prevalence of chronic health conditions between people with and without intellectual disability (ID). Health-related data for 791 people with ID were collected through a province-wide mail survey in Quebec, Canada. The distribution of chronic health conditions reported was compared to the data on the health status of the general population. People with ID had higher reported rates of heart disease and thyroid disorder than the general population. We also found that people with ID were less likely to report suffering from arthritis, migraines, back or spinal pain, and food allergies. Significant health differences were found when the ID sample was stratified by etiology (i.e., Down syndrome) and severity of intellectual deficits. We discuss these results and the need for future research to understand the differences found in the health status of people with ID.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: American Association on Intellectual and Development Disabilities
ISSN: 1944-7515
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:29
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/79129

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