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Addressing ethnic inequalities in the pathways to care for psychosis

Kirkbride, JB; (2018) Addressing ethnic inequalities in the pathways to care for psychosis. BMC Medicine , 16 , Article 240. 10.1186/s12916-018-1236-y. Green open access

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Abstract

Delays in accessing appropriate care affect patients with most major health conditions, including psychosis. These delays may also be affected by pathways to care. In a recent article in BMC Medicine, Bhui and colleagues review the current evidence for ethnic differences in pathways to care for psychosis in England. They reveal that black and Asian people are 3 and 1.5 times more likely, respectively, to come to the attention of psychosis services via compulsory admission than white British people. In this Commentary, I discuss the implications of this on achieving equitable care for psychosis patients and outcomes following their care. The current review of the Mental Health Act provides a timely opportunity to remove such inequalities in England.Please see related article: https://bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12916-018-1201-9 .

Type: Article
Title: Addressing ethnic inequalities in the pathways to care for psychosis
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/s12916-018-1236-y
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1186/s12916-018-1236-y
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s). 2018 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
Keywords: Ethnic inequalities, Mental Health Act, Pathways to care, Psychosis, Psychotic disorder
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10064946
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