People with intellectual disabilities are less likely to go to hospital



Oncological care less accessible for people with intellectual disabilities

People with an intellectual disability appear to be admitted to hospital for oncological care less often than people without an intellectual disability. This is evident from large-scale research about which researchers from Radboudumc recently published in the international journal Cancer Medicine.

The researchers looked at data over four years. This shows that people without an intellectual disability managed to achieve oncological care almost twice better than people with an intellectual disability. ‘The differences are particularly large with skin cancer and cancers for which population studies exist,’ says project leader Maarten Cuypers. “There is a danger that people with intellectual disabilities may not receive optimal cancer treatment.”

Possible causes
There are a number of reasons for the fact that people with intellectual disabilities come to the hospital less often for oncological care. Maarten Cuypers: ‘There may be under-diagnosis of cancer, other treatment choices after a cancer diagnosis has been made, or that certain types of cancer are actually less common among people with intellectual disabilities. Further research into the cause or causes and how we can solve the identified inequality will be initiated. ‘

Read the publication about the research in Cancer Medicine

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Original title: Oncological care less accessible for people with intellectual disabilities
Target audience: Healthcare professionals, Policy makers, Caregivers, Students
Date: 2020-08-03


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