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Information, including facts and statistics, on the 2019 Irish Health Survey results, Disabilities.
People aged 15 and over with disabilities are three times more likely to report some form of depression (43%) than the national average (14%).
Just over a quarter (26%) of people with disabilities say their health needs cannot be met due to waiting lists, compared to a national average of 14%.
On December 14, 2020, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the results of the Irish Health Survey 2019 – Disabilities.
Keith McSweeney, Senior Statistician, commented on the publication:
“Today’s publication is based on self-reported data from people with disabilities aged 15 and over and provides data and insights into the self-reported health status of people with disabilities in Ireland and how they can rely on informal social networks for support – support from neighbors for example. The publication also explains the difficulty of people with disabilities with certain personal hygiene and household activities for people aged 55 and over. The degree of disability in this publication is determined by the degree of difficulty a person has with a range of physical and sensory activities and reports of those who have great difficulty with the activity or who cannot do it at all (e.g., sight, hearing, walking). “
“Today’s release is the third in a series of health publications based on the Irish Health Survey. The Irish Health Survey – Carers and Social Supports” was released on December 7th, while the CSO was released on December 11th, “Irish Health Survey – Main “published results”. By comparing the state-level figures from the Irish Health Survey – Main Findings publication with the data in this publication, we can look at the relative health position of people with disabilities using the state average data given in the main results publication. Data collection for this publication took place from July 2019 to February 2020 and therefore relates to pre-pandemic health and other respondents’ experiences. “
“People with disabilities report poorer health than the national average in several areas. Slightly more than a quarter of people (25%) with disabilities report their health as” bad or very bad, “compared with a national average of 4%. People those with disabilities also report poor mental health, with the rate of suffering from some form of depression three times the national average (43% versus 14%). “
“Of people with disabilities, those who have difficulty (or cannot do everything) remembering or concentrating report the worst mental health status – 31% of this disabled group say they have moderate or severe depression Mental health, people with “great difficulty / not at all” walking report the poorest health status of people with disabilities. A quarter of people (26%) with disabilities give unmet health needs to the national average due to waiting lists that are higher than the national average by 14% of people aged 15 and over. “
“Almost 80% of people with disabilities aged 55 and over report difficulties with household activities such as housework. More than a third report difficulties with personal care activities such as bathing or showering or getting in or out of a bed or chair.”
Brief facts from the survey
- People with walking difficulties report the worst non-mental health status of people with disabilities.
- Almost eight in ten people aged 55 and over with disabilities report difficulties with household activities.
- More than a third of people aged 55 and over with a disability have difficulty doing at least one personal care activity.
- A quarter (25%) of people over the age of 15 with a disability say that their state of health is poor or very poor compared to the national average of 4%.
- People aged 15 and over with disabilities are three times more likely to report some form of depression (43%) than the national average (14%).
- Just over a quarter (26%) of people with disabilities say their health needs cannot be met due to waiting lists, compared to a national average of 14%.
- Almost a third (31%) of those who have great difficulty remembering or concentrating, or who cannot do everything, report having moderate or severe depression.
Via the Irish Health Survey 2019
The 2019 Irish Health Survey reached a sample size of approximately 7,600 people. This publication for people with disabilities is based on a subset of data from this main data collection.
Due to public health guidelines related to COVID-19, our interviewers are no longer conducting CSO household surveys in the homes of the sampled households.
Sample households are now receiving introductory letters by post asking them to call the CSO to arrange a telephone interview. These surveys give us a picture of the economic and social situation of the citizens of Ireland with an accuracy that no one else can match. If you are asked to take a CSO survey, please do so. When CSO numbers are quoted, you know they are correct because you told us.
The CSO thanks the respondents for this survey, without whom this publication would not be possible.
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Journal: Disabled World. Language: English. Author: CSO: Central Statistical Office. Electronic publication date: 2020-12-16. Last revised date: December 16, 2020. Reference Title: “Ireland: Health Survey Results For People With Disabilities”, Source: Ireland: Health Survey Results For People With Disabilities. Abstract: Information, including facts and statistics, on the results of the 2019 Irish Health Survey, Disabilities. Retrieved on December 17, 2018 from https://www.disabled-world.com/news/uk/ireland/irish-health-survey.php – reference category number: DW # 442-13907.
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