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Ethnic variations in the experiences of mental health service users in England: Results of a national patient survey programme

  • Veena S. Raleigh (a1), Robert Irons (a2), Emma Hawe (a2), Sarah Scobie (a2), Adrian Cook (a2), Rachel Reeves (a3), Ann Petruckevitch (a4) and Juliette Harrison (a4)...

Abstract

Background

Minority ethnic groups in the UK are reported to have a poor experience of mental health services, but comparative information is scarce.

Aims

To examine ethnic differences in patients' experience of community mental health services.

Method

Trusts providing mental health services in England conducted surveys in 2004 and 2005 of users of community mental health services. Multiple regression was used to examine ethnic differences in responses.

Results

About 27 000 patients responded to each of the surveys, of whom 10% were of minority ethnic origin. In the 2004 survey, age, living alone, detention and hospital admissions were stronger predictors of patient experience than ethnicity Self-reported mental health status had the strongest explanatory effect. In the 2005 survey, the main negative differences relative to the White British were for Asians.

Conclusions

Ethnicity had a smaller effect on patient experience than other variables. Relative to the White British, the Black group did not report negative experiences whereas the Asian group were most likely to respond negatively. However, there is a need for improvements in services for minority ethnic groups, including access to talking therapies and better recording of ethnicity.

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Corresponding author

Dr Veena S. Raleigh, Healthcare Commission, 103-105 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TG, UK. Email: veena.raleigh@healthcarecommission.org.uk

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Declaration of interest

None.

Funding detailed in Acknowledgements.

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Ethnic variations in the experiences of mental health service users in England: Results of a national patient survey programme

  • Veena S. Raleigh (a1), Robert Irons (a2), Emma Hawe (a2), Sarah Scobie (a2), Adrian Cook (a2), Rachel Reeves (a3), Ann Petruckevitch (a4) and Juliette Harrison (a4)...
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