Health inequalities in young people with learning disabilities associated with preventable environmental determinants

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There has been a developing literature about the health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities, leading to a number of policy responses.

This literature review focused specifically on inequalities experienced by children and young people up to the age of 18, looking to synthesize evidence on the prevalence and determinants of health conditions and impairments. The authors systematically reviewed databases for studies relating to children and young people living in the United Kingdom.

They conclude from the review that there is an “increased prevalence of a number of health conditions and impairments among children with intellectual disability and evidence that these health inequalities are associated with several preventable environmental determinants.“

Health inequalities experienced by children and young people with intellectual disabilities A review of literature from the United Kingdom, Allerton L et al, in  Journal of Intellectual Disabilities,15,4, 269-278


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After qualifying as a social worker, John worked in community learning disability teams before getting involved in a number of long-stay hospital closure programmes, working to develop individual plans for people moving into their own homes. He worked for BILD, helping to develop the Quality Network and was editorial lead for the NHS electronic library learning disabilities specialist collection. This led him to found the Learning Disabilities Elf site with Andre Tomlin as a way of making the evidence accessible to practitioners in health and social care. Most recently he has worked as part of Mencap's national quality team and also been involved in a number of national website developments, including the General Medical Council's learning disabilities site.

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