Health and wellbeing of Victorian adults with intellectual disability compared to the general Victorian population

S I Haider, Zahid Ansari, Loretta Vaughan, Helen Matters, Eric Emerson

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Multiple measures of health and wellbeing of people with intellectual disability (ID) and the general Victorian population were compared using representative population level data. The sample consisted of adults with ID (. N=. 897) and the general Victorian population (. N=. 34,168) living in the state of Victoria in Australia. Proxy respondents were interviewed on behalf of people with ID, while respondents from the general Victorian population were interviewed directly. The data were weighted to reflect the age/sex/geographic distribution of the population. Results revealed that adults with ID reported higher prevalence of poor social determinants of health, behavioural risk factors, depression, diabetes, poor or fair health. A higher proportion of people with ID reported blood pressure and blood glucose checks, while a lower proportion reported cervical and breast cancer screening, compared with the general Victorian population. The survey identified areas where targeted approaches may be undertaken to improve the health outcomes of people with ID and provide an important understanding of the health and wellbeing of these Victorians. ? 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4034 - 4042
Number of pages9
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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