Health of socially excluded groups: lessons must be applied

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7320.1071 (Published 03 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1071
  1. Anne M Grant, consultant community paediatrician on behalf of the Residential Care Health Project (anne.grant@zoom.co.uk)
  1. Community Child Health Department, Edinburgh EH9 1TS

    EDITOR—The editorial by Watt points out that projects targeting socially excluded groups tend to address consequences rather than addressing the causative issues.1 It is often the provision of evidence of shocking health figures, such as those for children looked after and accommodated by the local authority (in care), that underpins the release of funding.2 These initiatives will have a beneficial effect on the health of the nation only if lessons learnt from them are applied to mainstream …

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