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This blog will reflect my interests in learning disabilities, nursing, nursing theory, philosophy and politics and my general interests in the arts and literature. (Nursing is an art as well as a science!) Philosophy and nursing have been intrinsically linked since the days of Socrates, his mother was a midwife, and taught him everything he knew!

Monday, December 13, 2004

Disability Rights Commission Expose Health Inequalities

The Disability Rights Commission have unearthed yet more shocking statistics about the health of people with mental and physical disabilities in this country, for example they have found that:
People with learning disabilities are four times more likely to die as a result of a preventable condition.
People with diagnosed schizophrenia die on average nine years before the rest of the population.
Fewer than 20% of learning disabled women attend cervical screening.
People with learning disabilities are 58 times more likely to die before the age of 50.

Here is the URL of the DRC investigation, which is continuing, there are questionnaires for both people with disabilities and healthcare professionals, as well as excellent articles and compilations of evidence on the health outcomes of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

http://www.drc-gb.org/newsroom/healthinvestigation.asp

3 Comments:

At 5:26 PM, Blogger Bulletproof_Monkey said...

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At 6:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 9:32 AM, Blogger Thinking Nurse said...

Hi Monkey, you are like my spirit guide through the world of Blog!

I have installed a counter as you suggested - much easier than I expected.

I prefer the green colour to red, as it is more conducive to reflection. While red is a colour of action, I think the most effective actions are those that are well thought out, perhaps this is a sign that I am getting old...

 

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