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Mental health: cultural competency is key to improving outcomes for ethnic minority patients, leaders say

BMJ 2022; 378 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o1718 (Published 12 July 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o1718
  1. Pat Lok
  1. The BMJ

The NHS must tackle the negative stereotypes that patients from racial and ethnic minorities face when trying to access mental health services, and ensure that staff are culturally aware in order to improve outcomes, health and community leaders have said.

Speaking at the NHS Race and Health Observatory (RHO) conference at the BMA House on 8 July, Stephani Hatch, professor of sociology and epidemiology at King’s College London, said that people from racial and ethnic minority groups are less likely to receive what they consider to be appropriate help for both severe and more commonly experienced mental health problems.

She added that mental health …

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