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Study stokes debate over patterns of non-communicable disease in India

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4695 (Published 23 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4695
  1. Soumyadeep Bhaumik

A1 Kolkata

A major research study has fuelled a fresh debate on whether non-communicable diseases disproportionately affect the poor or the affluent in India.

The study, published in PLoS One, calculated age adjusted prevalence rates of five major non-communicable diseases—angina, hypertension, chronic lung disease and asthma, vision problems, and mental disorders—from data collected as part of the Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE), a cross sectional study on a nationally representative sample in Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal, Assam, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh.1

The researchers compared rates of self reported diagnoses from SAGE with …

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