Health Inequalities and People with Intellectual Disabilities

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People with intellectual disabilities die at a younger age and have poorer health than their non-disabled peers. This is largely avoidable and is unjust. This book uses concepts from contemporary public health to provide a comprehensive evidence-based overview of: the nature and extent of the health inequalities experienced by people with intellectual disabilities; why these inequalities occur and persist; and what can and needs to be done to address these inequalities. The authors have a wealth of firsthand ...
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Overview

People with intellectual disabilities die at a younger age and have poorer health than their non-disabled peers. This is largely avoidable and is unjust. This book uses concepts from contemporary public health to provide a comprehensive evidence-based overview of: the nature and extent of the health inequalities experienced by people with intellectual disabilities; why these inequalities occur and persist; and what can and needs to be done to address these inequalities. The authors have a wealth of firsthand experience gained from years of working at the interface between disability research and public health. This experience is collected and shared in this volume, which will be an invaluable resource for practitioners, advocates, policymakers and researchers concerned with health and social care and the wellbeing of disabled people.
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Reviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This book ties together intellectual disabilities, health inequities, public health, and the link to health policy.
Purpose: The premise is that using a public health lens to examine individuals with intellectual disabilities and increasing awareness of increased morbidity and mortality of these individuals will help promote the understanding of underlying issues and policy objectives. The latter is aimed at improving health outcomes for this population.
Audience: The intended audience is practitioners, health advocates, policy makers, and researchers. Health professional students and those interested in developmental disabilities also may benefit from the book.
Features: The book addresses the nature of intellectual disabilities using a capabilities framework. Definitions of health and health inequalities set the stage for the rest of the book, which focuses on the public health perspective of this population. Social determinants of health are scattered throughout the book to remind readers of the link between health and social context. There are no references from the last two years. From a global perspective, the work done during this time, especially concerning women and children and what contributes to infant/child morbidity and mortality, has been significant. This book also contains a lot of terminology that is not familiar to many outside public health. A brief definition of more terms throughout the book would make it easier to follow.
Assessment: There is no comparable book on the market. This is a complex issue and the information difficult to digest. The authors are to be commended for tackling such a difficult subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521133142
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2013
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Emerson is Professor of Disability Population Health, Centre for Disability Research and Policy, University of Sydney, Australia and Professor of Disability and Health Research, Centre for Disability Research, Lancaster University, UK.

Chris Hatton is Professor of Psychology, Health and Social Care, Centre for Disability Research, Lancaster University, UK and Co-director of Improving Health and Lives, a specialist intellectual disability public health observatory that is part of Public Health England.

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. People with intellectual disabilities; 2. Health and health inequalities; 3. The health of people with intellectual disabilities; 4. Applying a health inequalities perspective; 5. Addressing the health inequalities faced by people with intellectual disabilities; 6. Conclusions; References; Index.
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