ERIC Number: EJ851095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Are People with Intellectual Disabilities Represented in European Public Health Surveys?
Linehan, Christine; Walsh, P. N.; Van Schrojenstein Lantman-de Valk, H. M. J.; Kerr, M. P.; Dawson, Frances
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v22 n5 p409-420 Sep 2009
Background: Evidence suggests that people with intellectual disabilities experience secondary health conditions and report inequities in health status and access to health systems. Reliable information is essential to identify health disparities. A review of health interview and health examination surveys conducted in 17 European countries was undertaken to determine whether people with intellectual disabilities were represented. Method: Using the online HIS HES database, 123 health surveys were scrutinized to determine whether they contained questions relevant to the "Pomona" 18 indicator set, and whether data could be extracted specifically on behalf of respondents with intellectual disabilities. Results: Findings reveal that while items relating to 16 of the "Pomona" 18 health indicators were found in 123 of the surveys scrutinized, only nine surveys were identified as having potential to extract data on respondents with intellectual disabilities. Conclusion: These findings have implications for those charged with the collection of comparable information about population health.
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Public Health, Foreign Countries, National Surveys, Access to Health Care, Interviews, Sampling, Data Collection
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