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Cause of death among Americans differs with race and education

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 23 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1192
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Black Americans and Americans with a low level of education have long been known to die earlier than white Americans and better educated Americans. But a new study shows that black people and less educated Americans have different causes of death from other people and suggests a change in direction of public health messages. Race and education have “strong, independent effects,” the authors say.

    The study used data on almost 700 000 people that were collected in the annual national health interview surveys from 1986 to 1994 and that were then matched with data from death …

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