Every year an estimated 150,000 people have a stroke, with those from ethnic minority backgrounds more likely to be affected. A majority rely on family members for long-term care but very little is known about these carers' needs or if they feel the social care services designed to support them work well. Now, researchers from Kingston University and St George's, University of London are embarking on a study to explore the differences in satisfaction levels amongst older carers of stroke survivors from different ethnic groups.
"Satisfaction is an important element of measuring service quality and there is evidence that carers from ethnic minorities may feel less happy with the support available than those of white British origin," Dr Nan Greenwood, lead researcher from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, run jointly by Kingston and St George's, explained. "With black and Asian carers a significant and growing group, it's really important to understand why this is, to ensure equity of access and to make sure needs are met, regardless of ethnicity."