The ‘transition cliff’ in the administrative prevalence of intellectual disability

Emerson, Eric and Glover, Gyles (2012) The ‘transition cliff’ in the administrative prevalence of intellectual disability. Tizard Learning Disability Review, 17 (3). pp. 139-143. ISSN 1359-5474

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Abstract

Purpose – The aim of this paper is to report on the age-specific administrative prevalence of learning disabilities in England. Design/methodology/approach – The paper's approach is secondary analysis of data from national education, health and social care agencies. Findings – There is an abrupt decline in the age-specific administrative prevalence of learning disabilities at the point of transition to adult services. Research limitations/implications – The results highlight the existence of a “hidden majority” of adults with learning disabilities. Originality/value – The data in this paper have implications for commissioning better health services for people with learning disabilities. First, health information systems should incorporate better ways of identifying patients with mild and moderate learning disabilities. Second, consideration should be given to the extension of annual health checks to include all young people who have had a Statement of Special Educational Needs.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Tizard Learning Disability Review
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200/3203
Subjects:
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 62550
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 15 Mar 2013 11:27
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 10:36
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/62550

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