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This project is now finished.

Research shows that cancer patients from Black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds tend to have worse experiences of cancer care than White British patients. For example, some ethnic minority groups are less likely to report being treated with respect and dignity in hospital. This project aims to change that. 




We're undertook this project on behalf of NHS England, who wanted to better understand the experience of cancer patients from ethnic minority backgrounds, and use some of these experiences to improve the way the NHS delivers care in the future.


We spoke to cancer patients about a range of issues, such as their experiences with their GP, whether they got all the information they needed, how they felt about the future, and much more. We also: 

  • conducted a large-scale literature review, looking at the nature and causes of people's different experiences

  • produced films which captured people's stories in a way that is hopefully helpful to healthcare professionals


If you work in cancer care and you're interested in the review or the videos, drop us a line.



As part of the project, we produced three films exploring some of the reasons poorer experience of cancer care might be reported. The films aim to help commissioners of cancer services and frontline staff recognise areas where improvements can be made. The films examine three themes: bias, communication, and dignity.


If you're interested in some of the data showing differential experiences, we've put together this infographic.


The figures show the percentage of people reporting a positive experience. Data is taken from the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2015.

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