Accuracy of variables describing ethnic minority groups is important

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6975.333a (Published 04 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:333
  1. Kwame Mckenzie
  1. Clinical research fellow Department of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry and King's College Medical School, London SE5 8AF

    EDITOR,—Michael King and colleagues conclude that members of all ethnic minority groups are more likely to develop psychosis and that important determinants of this increased risk are the personal and social pressures of belonging to an ethnic minority group in Britain.1

    An assumption is that all ethnic minority groups can be treated as one, but the great diversity of cultures makes this assumption tenuous. Moreover, the rates of mental illness presented in the paper show wide differences between ethnic minority groups as defined by the Office …

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