Premature deaths - how many could be avoided

Anna M Marriott, Pauline Heslop

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    Abstract

    Aim:
    To provide evidence about the extent to which people with
    learning disabilities are dying prematurely and the
    contributory factors in their care that could potentially be
    modified so this doesn’t happen in the future
    Methods:
    The Confidential Inquiry investigated the deaths of all
    people with learning disabilities (aged four and older) in a
    clearly defined geographical area who died between June
    2010 and May 2012.
    Conclusions:
    This is the first UK mortality study of people with learning
    disabilities which has gone beyond age and cause of death
    data, as it has identified potentially contributory factors in
    relation to the deaths. The Inquiry revealed that the quality
    and effectiveness of health and social care given to people
    with learning disabilities was deficient in a number of ways.
    Over a third of deaths could have been avoided through
    good quality healthcare. The Inquiry made 18 key
    recommendations which, were they implemented, would
    reduce the risk of premature death in people with learning
    disabilities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)26-27
    Number of pages2
    JournalCommunity Living
    Volume27
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

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