Debra Friedman
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Mortality among individuals with mental retardation living in the community.

Kastner T, Nathanson R, Friedman DL
Am J Ment Retard. 1993 98 (2): 285-92

PMID: 8398087

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.

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Adolescent Adult Aged Cause of Death Child Community Mental Health Services Comorbidity Death, Sudden Delivery of Health Care Epilepsy Family Female Humans Intellectual Disability Male Middle Aged Quality of Health Care Social Work Stress, Psychological

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