National Public Survey on Ethnic Inequalities and Severe Mental Illness launched

  • Queen Mary University of London

  • curated by Dawn O'Shea
  • UK Medical News
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A national online survey has been launched to give members of the public the opportunity to set research priorities in the field of ethnic inequalities and severe mental illness. The survey, to be led by Queen Mary University of London and the University of Manchester, is the first national online survey of its kind.

The 15-minute survey aims to secure the opinions of a wide cross-section of the public, including patients, carers, health and social care practitioners, commissioners, charities, volunteers and students. The survey, which will be open to the public for 3 months, covers a wide range of topics that accommodate intersectionality, the criminal justice system, housing, education, homelessness, health services, racism and commissioning.

Kamaldeep Bhui, Professor of Cultural Psychiatry and Epidemiology at Queen Mary University of London and Synergi's Project Lead said: "This is the first time there has been a priority setting exercise for addressing ethnic inequalities in mental health care, especially regarding research. We will be gathering knowledge and assembling views from all stakeholders to establish which are the most pressing issues to tackle and how best to rank them, linked to actions."

"Rather than replicating past studies, to relearn what has been forgotten, repressed, denied or overlooked, this survey will be forward facing to promote a new approach to set out research areas for impact on reducing aversive ethnic inequalities."

The National Public Survey on Ethnic Inequalities and Severe Mental Illness will be open to the public until 10 October 2018. The main findings will be shared with policymakers, research institutions and commissioners, and will be made available to the public from November 2018.

The survey is available here.

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