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Title: Multimorbidity in older people with intellectual disability
Contributor(s): Hussain, Rafat  (author); Wark, Stuart  (author)orcid ; Janicki, Matthew P  (author); Parmenter, Trevor  (author); Knox, Marie  (author)
Publication Date: 2020-11
Early Online Version: 2020-04-20
DOI: 10.1111/jar.12743
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Abstract: Background
There is paucity of research from Australia about comorbidity in older people with intellectual disability (PwID). This paper examines the burden of chronic diseases and associated sociodemographic correlates in a cohort of PwID aged 60+.
A cross‐sectional survey was used with community‐dwelling older PwID in urban/rural regions of two Australian states. Recruitment was undertaken via a multi‐prong approach and each subject (N = 391; 236 urban/155 rural) personally interviewed.
Findings show older PwID experience considerable multimorbidity (X = 3.8; 53.5% had 2-6 conditions). Conditions included arthritis (40%), diabetes (26%), cardiovascular diseases (23.6%), asthma (16.1%), carcinomas (10.0%) and mental health disorders (34.5%).
There was significant multimorbidity in older PwID, with evolution of life trajectories of select conditions associated with socioeconomic disadvantage and heath facility access barriers. Greater scrutiny of progressive health debilitation leading into older age and increased engagement by healthcare systems is required earlier in the lives of PwID.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Grant Details: ARC/LP30100168
Source of Publication: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 33(6), p. 1234-1244
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1468-3148
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 111703 Care for Disabled
111717 Primary Health Care
111702 Aged Health Care
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 420319 Primary health care
420301 Aged health care
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920403 Disability and Functional Capacity
920502 Health Related to Ageing
920506 Rural Health
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200403 Disability and functional capacity
200502 Health related to ageing
200508 Rural and remote area health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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