Availability and accessibility of materials and research evidence on dementia in black and minority ethnic and refugee (BMER) Communities to support achievement of the dementia services guide objectives in London

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This report identifies resources and needs assessment tools to help London PCT commissioners ensure that their delivery of the national dementia strategy engages black and minority ethnic and refugee communities.  For these communities, access to early stage dementia diagnosis and services can be delayed by cultural and social stigma surrounding mental illness, as well as concerns about culturally and linguistically appropriate care delivery. Cultural issues can be a challenge to care delivery at the latter stages of dementia. To improve self-management and navigation of the dementia pathway and reduce care costs, commissioners will benefit from guidance and support with engaging and working with black and minority ethnic and refugee communities. Early diagnosis can also delay the onset of more severe symptoms (through remedial actions) and reduce risks associated with crisis access to in-patient based services.  It also reduces the risk of increased carer burden that can lead to elder abuse.