Asian patients may receive inferior care

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7365.659/a (Published 21 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:659
  1. Antony Stewart (tony.stewart@wlv.ac.uk), senior lecturer in public health,
  2. Jammi N Rao, director of public health
  1. School of Health, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton WV1 1SB
  2. North Birmingham Primary Care Trust, Birmingham B44 8BH

    EDITOR—Patel et al report an ecological study which shows that at the practice level the proportion of patients who are South Asian is a significant determinant of the level of prescriptions for lipid lowering drugs.1 Presumably this means that South Asian patients, even though they are more likely either to have heart disease or to be at higher risk of heart disease, are less likely to receive appropriate treatment with lipid lowering drugs.

    We reported …

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