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Webinar: How causes of death are coded for national statistics and common errors for people with learning disabilities

27 January 2020

In December 2019, along with international colleagues, we hosted the latest of a series of webinars bringing together academics, practitioners and policymakers from a range of different countries to discuss and share our understanding of the contributory causes of deaths of people with learning disabilities.

This webinar focuses on how causes of death are coded for national statistics, and some of the common errors in recording the underlying cause of death in people with learning disabilities.

Dr Scott Landes, from Syracuse University, outlines a study of US death certificates for people with learning disabilities (2012-2016). He describes how he revised those that had been coded with a learning disability as the underlying cause of death, and the way in which this altered some important causes of death such as choking or respiratory disorders.

Dr Myer Glickman, from the Office for National Statistics for England and Wales, outlines the World Health Organisation guidance for coding the underlying cause of death, and the processes followed to record this in England and Wales.

The webinar can be downloaded here: https://youtu.be/e_v6RMGpJzU

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