Palliative and end of life care for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups in the UK

Demographic profile and the current state of palliative and end of life care provision

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Published: 25 June 2013

There is increasing national and international evidence of low use of end of life care services amongst Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups. This report presents a systematic review of the literature and makes recommendations for improving end of life care for these groups. It makes a series of recommendations, including improving communication with patients and their families, providing training for health and social care staff, and listening to patients about their end of life care needs and preferences.

The report also reviews Census 2011 data, which shows that the proportion and number of people from BAME groups in the UK has grown. It looks ahead to the next 25 years, when it is predicted there will be a trebling of people aged 65 and over from BAME groups, further making the case for improving the accessibility and appropriateness of end of life care.

To download the report, please visit the Marie Curie Cancer Care website:


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