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Dementia care: why cultural competence is so important

Appreciation of cultural context can help nurses understand attitudes to dementia and the particular needs of BME people
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Appreciation of cultural context can help nurses understand attitudes to dementia and the particular needs of BME people

There is an increasing number of older people in the UK who come from diverse backgrounds, and dementia – often associated with old age – is more high-profile than ever.

The results of a recent study (see further reading) on new dementia diagnoses suggest that much more work needs to be done to ensure people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities get the help they need. The study found that dementia diagnosis rates vary between different ethnic communities. It adds to the increasing body of evidence that people with dementia from BME communities continue to under-access diagnostic services and are more likely to be in crisis when they do. This means they

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