Study in London confirms influence of ethnic group on treatment for asthma

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7067.1260 (Published 16 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1260
  1. Patricia Sturdy,
  2. Jeannette Nash,
  3. Yvonne Carter,
  4. Chris Griffiths
  1. Research officer Senior lecturer Professor of general practice Senior lecturer Department of General Practice and Primary Care, St Bartholomew's and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London E1 4NS

    EDITOR,—Enric Duran-Tauleria and colleagues report that children from ethnic minority groups were less likely to be prescribed drugs for their asthma than were inner city white children and those from English and Scottish representative samples.1 Although reporting by parents may not be reliable or accurate,2 particularly across ethnic groups, and the authors' investigation was limited to children aged 5–11, this work has important implications.

    We took a different and perhaps broader approach, using the City and East London general practice database. We hold data on ethnicity, …

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