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Data are not now collected by ethnic group in South Africa

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 18 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:220
  1. Alexander R P Walker, Heada
  1. a Human Biochemistry Research Unit, South African Institute for Medical Research, Johannesburg, South Africa

    Editor–Claire Hilton notes that since April 1995 British hospitals have had to collect data on each patient's ethnic group.1 In the United States this is standard practice. In the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report data on numerous variables relating to the health and ill health of black and white people are regularly given2–as also, on occasion, are data on Hispanics, American Indians, Inuits, and Pacific Islanders. In South Africa precisely the converse has occurred. Ethnic subdivisions have stopped appearing …

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