ERIC Number: EJ723018
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Reference Count: 14
The Prevalence of Intellectual Disability in Limburg, the Netherlands
van Schrojenstein Lantman-de Valk, H. M. J.; Wullink, M.; van den Akker, M.; van Heurn-Nijsten, E. W. A.; Metsemakers, J. F. M.; Dinant, G. J.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v50 n1 p61-68 Jan 2006
Background: Current changes in care philosophy and diversity in care arrangements caused the need for a new estimate of the number of people with intellectual disability (ID), based on recent data. Previous estimates were based on client registrations, which was thought unreliable at this time. This manuscript studies the question how many people with ID can be found in (part of) the Netherlands. Methods: Identification of people with ID through a combination of general practice (GP) data bases and service registrations in the province of Limburg. Results: The prevalence of people with ID appeared to be between 0.64% and 0.70%. About 0.21-0.27% were living with family or on their own; 55% of them did not use common ID services. Conclusion: Results are based on a combination of identification methods. Thirteen per cent of uncertain cases led to minimum and maximum estimates of the population. Limitations of the method and alternative ways of data collection are discussed.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Incidence, Mental Retardation, Family Practice (Medicine), Disability Identification, Data Collection
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands