Mortality among individuals with mental retardation living in the community

T. Kastner, R. Nathanson, D. L. Friedman

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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
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Rehabilitation
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • General Health Professions


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