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Representation of South Asian people in randomised trials: Population's ethnic profile should be recorded in all medical data

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 14 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:394
  1. Mark R D Johnson (, professor of diversity in health and social care,
  2. Ala Szczepura, professor
  1. Mary Seacole Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester LE2 1RQ
  2. Centre for Health Services Studies, University of Warwick

    EDITOR—Mason et al provide hard evidence of a scandal many had suspected.1 So called institutional racism is operationalised by such processes. We needed their data for our paper, which was based on indirect measures.2

    In the national research register ( of over 1000 randomised controlled trials recorded, only nine referred to ethnic minority …

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