Treatable causes of death accounted for 403 per 100,000 deaths in people with learning disabilities, compared to just 83 per 100,000 deaths in the general population, according to the University of Bristol’s 2019 LeDeR Annual Report.
The report, published on 16 July, indicates that the majority of people with learning disabilities continue to die before reaching the age of 65. In the general population, 85 per cent of deaths happen at or after the age of 65, but in sharp contrast this is the case for just 37 per cent of people with learning disabilities.
The review also contains data relating to the deaths of patients from epilepsy and a series of recommendations.
An easy read version of the review can be found here.