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Minority groups still show high rates of admission to mental health services in England and Wales

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39427.367234.DB (Published 13 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1233
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    People from black and minority groups are continuing to show high rates of admission to mental health and learning disability services, according to a census of the ethnic group of inpatients in England and Wales published last week.

    The Count Me In Census 2007 showed that some black and minority ethnic groups were at least three times more likely than average to be admitted to mental health and learning disability services. The pattern was similar to that seen in two previous surveys, in 2006 and 2005.

    The census collected information about 31 187 inpatients in mental health wards at 257 NHS and independent healthcare organisations in England and Wales and 4153 in patients in 120 organisations that provide services for people with learning disabilities on one day, 30 March 2007.

    Results showed that rates of admission to mental health services were particularly high for men …

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