Use of new mental health services by ethnic minorities in England

GLOVER Gyles, EVISON Felicity
North East Public Health Observatory
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The last decade has seen the introduction of four new types of mental health care in the English NHS: crisis resolution/home treatment teams; early intervention teams; assertive outreach; and the new psychological therapies programme. This study investigates how far these new services have been used in the care of minority ethnic groups. The study was based on specially collected surveys from Primary Care Trusts. Statistics were then broken down by ethnic group of service users. The report provides analyses the findings by individual service, discussing rates of use by each ethnic group.  Findings showed that, in most cases, service uptake for  services differed between minority groups and the white British majority. Broadly different patterns were found for Black groups and for Asian and Chinese groups. Generally crisis resolution/home treatment teams were used less frequently for minority groups in comparison to hospital admission, while early intervention and assertive outreach services were used more frequently. Extensive tables are provided throughout.

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mental health problems, mental health services, primary care trusts, psychotherapy, referral, severe mental health problems, South Asian people, African Caribbean people, assertive outreach, black and minority ethnic people, Chinese people, counselling, crisis resolution, early intervention, ethnicity;
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978 1 903945 78 0

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