Some ethnic groups may be more vulnerable to extremes of social deprivation

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6975.332b (Published 04 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:332
  1. Rachel Perkins,
  2. Nigel Fisher
  1. Consultant clinical psychologist Consultant psychiatrist Pathfinder, Springfield Hospital, London SW17 7DJ

    EDITOR,—Michael King and colleagues report a strikingly increased risk of psychotic disorders of new onset across all ethnic minority groups.1 Their data do not allow an examination of the relative risks of long term psychotic illness within these groups. By analysing data from a register of long term users of services we are able to estimate the relative risk of receiving diagnosis of a long term psychotic disorder for white (United Kingdom/Irish), black (African/African Caribbean), and Asian (Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi) groups living in two …

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