UCL Discovery
UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

A national memory clinic survey to assess provision for people from diverse ethnic backgrounds in England and Wales

Brown, S; Livingston, G; Mukadam, N; (2021) A national memory clinic survey to assess provision for people from diverse ethnic backgrounds in England and Wales. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health , 18 (4) , Article 1456. 10.3390/ijerph18041456. Green open access

[img]
Preview
Text
ijerph-18-01456.pdf - Published version

Download (301kB) | Preview

Abstract

English national guidelines regarding dementia assessment and management recommend consideration of cultural and linguistic diversity when assessing people with cognitive complaints. To date there has been no assessment of adherence to these guidelines. We aimed to assess whether current services provided in memory assessment services (MAS) adhere to national policy, in their approach to the assessment and management of individuals with memory problems from minority ethnic backgrounds. We sent a survey to 213 memory services in England and Wales. Twenty MAS from seven regions responded to the survey. We found that 80% (16) provided translated resources, 70% (14) used cognitive assessment tools that are culturally sensitive and appropriate, and 65% (13) showed good use of sufficiently skilled and knowledgeable interpreters. Communication barriers, particularly language, were raised as a potential obstacle to diagnosing minority ethnic patients. Memory clinics appear to reflect national policy for the assessment and management of memory problems in minority ethnic patients. However, only a minority of services responded and they may be more engaged in considering these populations. We need wider knowledge of practice to explore how guidelines support healthcare professional’s assessment of patients from minority ethnic groups in memory service diagnostic procedures.

Type: Article
Title: A national memory clinic survey to assess provision for people from diverse ethnic backgrounds in England and Wales
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18041456
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041456
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry > Mental Health of Older People
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10121920
Downloads since deposit
6Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item