Letters Premature death in people with learning disabilities

Highlighting the contribution of visual problems

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2277 (Published 16 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2277
  1. Rachel F Pilling, consultant ophthalmologist
  1. 1Bradford Teaching Hospitals, Bradford BD9 6RJ, UK
  1. rachel.pilling{at}bthft.nhs.uk

In response to your news story on the inquiry into people with learning disabilities,1 it is important to note that over 50% of those who died prematurely had visual problems.2

Researchers attributed premature death to problems with identifying needs and providing appropriate care in response to changing …

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