This briefing provides an overview of the research literature on the barriers currently facing black and minority ethnic (BME) people in accessing dementia care services. It also looks at some of the ways in which services can become better at responding to the needs of (BME) people in their local area. The briefing begins by outlining the main issues and why it is important to address existing barriers. It then summarises the findings from the research, which cover: prevention, early intervention and diagnosis; life history and dementia; awareness and stigma; improving access to information; carers; workforce development and training; specialist and generic services. Implications for the main stakeholders are provided. The briefing is based primarily on UK research.