Letters

Psychiatrists' perspective is insufficient to root out racism

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7337.613/a (Published 09 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:613
  1. Apu Chakraborty (apu.chak@virgin.net), specialist registrar in psychiatry,
  2. Kwame McKenzie, senior lecturer in transcultural psychiatry
  1. St Ann's Hospital, London N15 3TH
  2. Royal Free and University College Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, London NW3 2PF

    EDITOR—Minnis et al in their vignette based report claim that racial stereotyping that occurs at the first psychiatric interview is insufficient to account for the inequalities in diagnosis of schizophrenia between black and white men in the United Kingdom.1 Their findings are not surprising. What people say and what they do are often two quite separate things. Respondents may have consciously or subconsciously overcompensated for their prejudices in the current climate of sensitivity to racial issues and …

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