Homecare| July 2018 | Black men receiving less dementia diagnoses than white peers
Data presented at the recent Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Chicago last month, shows that black males are 11 per cent less likely to receive a diagnosis of dementia. This is despite dementia having a higher prevalence in black men than white males. Researchers from University College London, King’s College London are behind the research findings.
Dr Doug Brown, chief policy and research officer at Alzheimer’s Society said:
“This research adds flesh to the bones of a worrying pattern we’re starting to see in the UK. Black men are receiving fewer diagnoses than white men, despite prevalence being higher amongst black men.“Everyone has the right to know what condition they have and the right to the care and support they need. A dementia diagnosis gives people an answer and access to this. It is vital that everyone has equal access to a diagnosis, regardless of their race, gender, age or postcode, and we will continue to build on our work with government to make sure this happens.”
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