Poorer health among disabled people to be investigatedBMJ 2004; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7481.8-d (Published 30 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;330:8
- Zosia Kmietowicz
The reasons why people with learning disabilities and mental health problems die younger than the general population and what can be to close this health gap are to be scrutinised over the next 18 months in a formal investigation by the Disability Rights Commission.
According to the commission, people with learning disabilities and mental health problems are among the poorest and most disadvantaged in society. They die younger of preventable diseases than the rest of the population and miss out on life saving screening programmes.
Evidence gathered by the commission shows that the number of preventable deaths among people with …