Health and social needs of people with low intelligence
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This paper explores the experiences of people with borderline and low intelligence when compared to the general population. The aim was to explore whether people with low intelligence, who are rarely considered apart from the general population, might have particular needs in relation to health or social care. The method was secondary analysis of the ONS survey of psychiatric morbidity, 2000. Variables associated with low intelligence were identified and entered into a logistic regression. We found that a person with low intelligence was significantly more likely to be a smoker, have problems with paperwork and be renting their home, and a significant subgroup was more likely to be friendless. The pursuit of social justice and social inclusion may require greater attention to be paid to the health and well-being of people with below-average intelligence.