A new report by the Care Quality Commission on end of life care includes the experiences of people from black and minority ethnic communities, to which we’ve contributed. It suggests that people from these groups have more unmet end of life care needs than people from white backgrounds. Additionally, they also experience a number of barriers to accessing good and personalised care such as a lack of understanding, knowledge and information about end of life care, lack of religious and cultural sensitivity, language barriers, and poor communication. The CQC recommends that commissioners and providers engage proactively with their black and community ethnic communities and ensure that access to interpreters is available.
Read the section on black and minority ethnic communities here and the complete ‘A Different Ending’ report here.