Improving ethnic data within surveillance must be priority

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7116.1160a (Published 01 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1160
  1. Angus Nicoll, Consultant epidemiologista,
  2. Mike Catchpole, Consultant epidemiologista,
  3. John M Watson, Consultant epidemiologista
  1. a PHLS Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, London NW9 5EQ

    Editor—We endorse Kevin M De Cock and Nicola Low's call for the routine collection of further risk data, including ethnic group, to strengthen surveillance for HIV infection, other sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis.1 The value of capturing such data is shown by AIDS reporting, in which ethnic group is gathered routinely and has appeared in public data presentations since 1990. These have indicated that black African men and women are at particularly high risk of AIDS, which, with …

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