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Ethnicity in epidemiological research Similar methodological problems exist in health services

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6959.958b (Published 08 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:958
  1. S Laws

    EDITOR, - Peter A Senior and Raj Bhopal's article and the accompanying editorial by Kwame J McKenzie and Natasha S Crowcroft draw together important methodological problems that arise in research into the interaction of ethnicity and health.12 The same process is also needed in relation to the issue of fair access to health services and to services that determine health, such as education and housing.

    Over the years many efforts have been made to build on action by, and with, ethnic minority community groups to develop better services. For example, Save the Children recently completed two needs assessment exercises, in partnership with local people and statutory authorities, with Vietnamese refugees in south London3 and with south Asian people in Newcastle.4 Further work is being developed with traveller communities and with other refugee and ethnic minority communities in Britain.

    Progress has been made …

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