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Prognosis for South Asian and white patients with heart failure in the United Kingdom

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7428.1406 (Published 11 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1406

Deprivation gradient in mortality should not be dismissed as artefactual

  1. G Lyratzopoulos (georgios.lyratzopoulos@man.ac.uk), lecturer in public health,
  2. R F Heller, professor of public health
  1. Evidence for Population Health Unit, School of Epidemiology and Health Sciences, Medical School, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PT
  2. Evidence for Population Health Unit, School of Epidemiology and Health Sciences, Medical School, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PT

    EDITOR—Blackledge et al report that, counterintuitively, socially deprived patients with heart failure have a better all cause mortality risk.1 This contradicts a large previous study in the United Kingdom showing a clear socioeconomic gradient in mortality risk favouring the least deprived patients.2

    Blackledge et al suggest that their …

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