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Census categories of ethnic group are limited

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 04 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:332
  1. Annie Bartlett,
  2. Matthew Fiander
  1. Wellcome Trust research fellow Research assistant Department of Mental Health Sciences, St George's Hospital Medical School, London SW17 0RE

    EDITOR,—Michael King and colleagues address the issue of ethnic minority group and schizophrenia.1 Their work raises questions both about social class and schizophrenia and about the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys' ethnic groupings.

    It is uncertain whether the low social class of those with diagnosed schizophrenia is a cause or a consequence of their illness.2 3 This potential confounding factor has received scant attention in research on schizophrenia and ethnic group despite the association of certain ethnic minority groups with low social class as determined by …

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