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Health care provision for people with a learning disability. Record-linkage study of epidemiology and factors contributing to hospital care uptake

Morgan, Christopher L., Ahmed, Z. and Kerr, Michael Patrick 2000. Health care provision for people with a learning disability. Record-linkage study of epidemiology and factors contributing to hospital care uptake. British Journal of Psychiatry 176 , pp. 37-41. 10.1192/bjp.176.1.37

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: We know little about how people with a learning disability access secondary health care. AIMS: To describe the epidemiology of learning disability, the influence of deprivation on prevalence and the pattern of secondary care uptake, including the effect of institutionalisation. METHOD: A record-linkage study of secondary care contacts of 434,000 people between 1991 and 1997. A population with learning disability was identified; their secondary care contact was calculated and compared with the general population's. RESULTS: The distribution of people with a learning disability (n = 1595) correlated significantly with deprivation. The presence of a learning disability hospital significantly affected care uptake. Place of residence also affected acute admission to the learning disability hospital. Former institution residents generated 212 admissions per 1000 patients; community patients generated 18 per 1000. The admission rate with any psychiatric diagnosis to any setting was 26.3 per 1000 people with a learning disability; 16.5% of such patients had a dual diagnosis. CONCLUSIONS: Health provision for people with a learning disability is affected by institutional provision.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists
ISSN: 0007-1250
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:37
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/81206

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