Mortality among individuals with mental retardation living in the community

Theodore A. Kastner, R. Nathanson, D. L. Friedman

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Abstract

Mortality in a population of more than 1,300 people with mental retardation who live in the community was studied utilizing a case-by-case review and sentinel health event methodology. Death was noted in 14 people over a 4-year period. Cause of death was identified as avoidable (3 patients), potentially avoidable (3), unavoidable (3), sudden unexplained death with a history of epilepsy (3), or other unexplained deaths (2). Factors influencing mortality and the delivery of health care services were described. The sentinel health event methodology and case-by-case mortality reviews are recommended for monitoring avoidable deaths in community residential settings for people with mental retardation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-292
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal on Mental Retardation
Volume98
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

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Kastner, T. A., Nathanson, R., & Friedman, D. L. (1993). Mortality among individuals with mental retardation living in the community. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 98(2), 285-292.

Mortality among individuals with mental retardation living in the community. / Kastner, Theodore A.; Nathanson, R.; Friedman, D. L.

In: American Journal on Mental Retardation, Vol. 98, No. 2, 1993, p. 285-292.

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Kastner, TA, Nathanson, R & Friedman, DL 1993, 'Mortality among individuals with mental retardation living in the community', American Journal on Mental Retardation, vol. 98, no. 2, pp. 285-292.
Kastner, Theodore A. ; Nathanson, R. ; Friedman, D. L. / Mortality among individuals with mental retardation living in the community. In: American Journal on Mental Retardation. 1993 ; Vol. 98, No. 2. pp. 285-292.
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