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Gastroenterology and the provision of care to Panjabi patients in the UK
  1. John Francis Mayberry,
  2. Affifa Farrukh
  1. Department of Digestive Diseases, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester, UK
  1. Correspondence to John Francis Mayberry, Department of Digestive Diseases, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester General Hospital, Gwendolen Road, Leicester, LE5 4PW, UK; john.mayberry{at}uhl-tr.nhs.uk

Abstract

Panjabi is spoken by 1.3 million people in the UK. It is the second most common language used in the country and is the first choice of 75% of Panjabis. It is becoming more common. For many patients it forms part of the barrier which limits access to gastrointestinal services. The provision of appropriate support services is woeful and yet seldom leads to formal complaints. This review considers the impact of gastrointestinal disorders on the Panjabi community and assesses some of the interventions that could be developed to ensure equity of care.

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement All the data included in this review are drawn directly from published work.

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