The health of Scotland’s 5,709 people with autism and intellectual disabilities

Dunn, K., Rydzewska, E. , Henderson, A. and Cooper, S.-A. (2016) The health of Scotland’s 5,709 people with autism and intellectual disabilities. 2016 IASSIDD World Congress, Melbourne, Australia, 14-19 Aug 2016. p. 660. (doi: 10.1111/jir.12305)

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Aim: Little is known about the self-rated health status of people with co-morbid autism and intellectual disabilities (ID) in whole country populations. This paper will present analysis of: self-rated general health status, demographic factors, and prevalence of other disabilities for people with co-morbid autism and ID, as well as people with autism only. Method: We analysed data from Scotland’s Census 2011, and generated descriptive statistics. Results: People with co-morbid autism and ID (n=5,709)comprised 0.1% of the total population of Scotland (n=5,295,403) and 18 .0% of the whole population of people with autism in Scotland(n=31,712) across all ages. Only 2,863 (50.1%) people with co-morbid autism and ID rated their health as good or very good, compared with 19,97 1 (76.8%) of all people with autism only. Conclusions: Health is poorer for people with c o-morbid autism and ID than for people with autism only. Further analysis will explore the impact of individual and household characteristics on the health o f people with co-morbid autism and ID.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Additional Information:Abstract published in Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. Special Issue: Global Partnerships: Enhancing Research, Policy and Practice 60(7-8):660
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Rydzewska, Dr Ewelina and Henderson, Mrs Angela and Dunn, Mrs Kirsty and Cooper, Professor Sally-Ann
Authors: Dunn, K., Rydzewska, E., Henderson, A., and Cooper, S.-A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
ISSN (Online):1365-2788
Published Online:22 July 2016
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