This Race Equality Foundation (REF) briefing examines developments in the UK since the National Dementia Strategy of 2009, and addresses how well the Strategy meets the information, support and care needs of black and minority ethnic communities for their support in “living well” with dementia. Sections in the Better Health Briefing No. 30 comprise:
- What is dementia?
- The UK Dementia Policy Framework and its implementation.
- Prevalence of dementia and black and minority ethnic communities.
- Differential impact of dementia in black and minority ethnic communities.
- The economic case: proposing a new role for a Black And Minority Ethnic Community Dementia Navigator.
Little is known about the relative prevalence of dementia in black and minority ethnic populations, but evidence shows that the Black African-Caribbean community in the UK has a higher prevalence of vascular dementia than other communities. The prevalence of dementia in some communities in the UK has been underestimated, since dementia is misunderstood and stigmatised in some UK black and minority ethnic communities.
Truswell, D. (2013). Black and minority ethnic communities and dementia: Where are we now? London: Race Equality Foundation, November 2013. Better Health Briefing No. 30.
Waheed, W. Mirza, N. [and] Waheed MW. [et al] (2020). Recruitment and methodological issues in conducting dementia research in British ethnic minorities: A qualitative systematic review. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research. March 2020; Vol.29(1): e1806.
An earlier scoping review, from the same team:
Blakemore, A. Kenning, C. [and] Mirza, N. [et al] (2018). Dementia in UK South Asians: a scoping review of the literature. BMJ Open. April 12th 2018; Vol.8(4): e020290.