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Alzheimer Europe publishes article on timely diagnosis and care for people with dementia from ethnic minority groups, in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

Thursday 19 August 2021

In a just society, everyone should have equal access to healthcare in terms of prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and care. Europe is a multicultural society made up of people who identify with a wide range of ethnic groups. Many older people from minority ethnic groups also have a direct migration background. Several studies have shown that there is a lack of equity in relation to dementia diagnoses and care because equal opportunities do not necessarily translate into equal outcomes. An expert ethics working group led by Alzheimer Europe has produced an extensive report on this issue, a policy brief and a guide for health and social care workers. In this brief summary, the authors/members of the expert working group present some of the key challenges and recommendations for healthcare clinicians striving to provide timely diagnosis and good quality care and treatment to people with dementia from all ethnic groups.

“The challenges of achieving timely diagnosis and culturally appropriate care of people with dementia from minority ethnic groups in Europe” has now been published online in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. We would like to thank the members of our expert working group on ethical issues for their contributions to this report. The group, chaired by Director for Projects Dianne Gove, includes our Executive Director Jean Georges and external experts Thomas Rune Nielsen, Carolien Smits, Charlotta Plejert, Mohammed Akhlak Rauf, Sahdia Parveen, Siiri Jaakson, Daphna Golan-Shemesh, Debi Lahav, Ripaljeet Kaur, Michal Karen Herz, Jessica Monsees, and Jochen René Thyrian.

This article reports on work which received funding under an operating grant from the European Union's Health Programme (2014-2020) in 2018 and from the Robert Bosch Stiftung between 2018 and 2021 (including work on this article).

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