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Ethnic minority patients receive worse mental healthcare than white patients, review finds

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 16 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1058
  1. Jacqui Thornton
  1. London

Doctors are more uncertain when it comes to diagnosing emotional problems and depression in ethnic minority patients, a new report has suggested.

Although the Race Equality Foundation found no evidence of direct racial discrimination in assessments, its review highlighted evidence indicating ethnic bias.1

The report found a wide range of inequalities linked to mental illness in black, Asian, and other ethnic minority communities. It called on commissioners to understand the persistent nature of these inequalities and recognise ways to tackle them. It added that better data collection and quality were needed to improve evidence based policies and interventions, which may lead to a greater focus on preventing mental illness.

The report, which focused on five specific areas of prevalence, access, assessment, treatment, and recovery, drew on the most recently published research from …

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