by Eric Emerson
Public Health England, February 2015
Learning disability refers to a significant general impairment in intellectual functioning that is acquired during childhood. Approximately one in 50 people in England have learning disabilities. People with learning disabilities have significantly poorer health and increased age adjusted mortality than their non-disabled peers. It is clear that this difference in health status is, to an extent, preventable and unjust. As such, it represents an example of health inequity. The primary aim of this report is to summarise current scientific knowledge about the determinants of health inequities experienced by children with learning disabilities in the UK.