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Insights into the scale of co-morbidities in people with learning disabilities

A study has discovered that the majority of people with learning disabilities are living with two or more long-term conditions
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A study has discovered that the majority of people with learning disabilities are living with two or more long-term conditions

Research by the Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory, which involved reviewing detailed clinical assessments of more than 1,000 adults who were known to health or social care services, found that 99% of people with learning disabilities were living with two or more long-term conditions.

This is believed to be the first study of its type because it was conducted at scale, across the lifespan, involving a detailed health assessment and including a full range of potential conditions.

Across the whole sample, people had, on average, about 11 co-existing long-term conditions. Eight conditions were so common as to affect more than one in five people; these included sensory impairments, obesity, epilepsy, constipation and movement disorders.

Unlike the general population, large numbers

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