This document looks at the mental health needs
of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) older people and the psychiatric
services offered to this group, focussing on the main changes that
have occurred since the original college report (CR103) published
The main areas covered include:
- Definition of BME older people.
- Demographic changes.
- Review of influential publications and policy pertaining to the
mental health of BME groups in general and those specifically
relevant to BME older people.
- Research involving psychiatric aspects of BME older
- Current examples of good practice.
- Revision of recommendations as a result of this review.
The progress of developing and improving
services for BME older people with mental health problems in actual
practice has been slow with only a few examples of good
practice since the recommendations made in CR103 in 2001. Thus the
original recommendations of CR103 are retained and five
additional recommendations are made.
Professor Ajit Shah and Dr Simon Adelman, the
authors of the report, said, “With a growing BME elderly
population, the time is now right to build on previous work to
further develop culturally appropriate and sensitive mental health
services for older people from BME groups.”
This report replaces CR103. Psychiatric services for Black and
minority ethnic elders from 2001.
Executive summary and recommendations
1. Definition of Black and minority ethnic older
2. Demographic changes
3. Review of influential publications and
4. Research relevant to mental health needs of
Black and minority ethnic older people
5. Current examples of good practice
6. Revision of recommendations