Self defined ethnicity is unhelpful

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7054.425b (Published 17 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:425
  1. James McAuley,
  2. Lorraine De Souza,
  3. Vidyut Sharma,
  4. Ian Robinson,
  5. Chris J Main,
  6. A O Frank
  1. Postgraduate research student Director of postgraduate physiotherapy studies Research assistant Brunel University College, Isleworth TW7 5DU
  2. Director Centre for the Study of Health, Sickness, and Disease, Department of Human Sciences, Brunel University, Uxbridge UB8 3PH
  3. Head Department of Behavioural Medicine, Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust, Manchester University Manchester M13 9PL
  4. Consultant physician in rehabilitation and rheumatology Northwick Park and St Mark's NHS Trust, Harrow HA1 3UJ

    EDITOR,—Kwame McKenzie and N S Crowcroft's editorial and recommendations on describing race, ethnicity, and culture are an important contribution to the debate on ethnic classification.1 2 While the authors discuss the complexities associated with ethnic classification of various non-white British groups, their recommendations fail to acknowledge the similar difficulties in describing what could be referred to as the indigenous population (that is, those who have been traditionally termed white). There is an implicit assumption in much of the work on inter-ethnic differences that …

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