National Physical and Sensory Disability Database
The National Physical and Sensory Disability Database (NPSDD) is a set of information that outlines the specialised health services currently used or needed by people with physical/sensory disability. The Database assists in informing the regional and national planning of these services by providing information on current service use and future service need. The NPSDD was established in 2002 and there are now more than 27,000 people registered on the Database.
This service planning tool provides a profile of people with physical or sensory disability who:
- are receiving specialised health and personal social services
- are waiting for specialised health and personal services
- the type of service they are waiting for and
- when, in the next five years, they need these services.
As not every individual in Ireland who has a physical/sensory or speech & language disability is availing of, or requiring a specialised health and personal social service and as the registration on to the database is voluntary, the NPSDD cannot provide any definitive epidemiological statement on the number of people with a particular type of disability. Therefore the database may not cover a proportion of people living in Ireland who have a physical or sensory disability. Furthermore, the database does not currently include those who are aged 66 years or over.
The National Physical and Sensory Disability Database is managed by the HRB on behalf of the Department of Health and Children.