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Letters Ethnic minority patients

Ethnic minority patients need equity, not just equality

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 09 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5440
  1. Selena R Yang, foundation year 1 doctor1,
  2. Anita Y Jiang, foundation year 1 doctor2
  1. 1Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow HA1 3UJ, UK
  2. 2Queen’s Hospital, Romford, UK
  1. selena.yang{at}

Kmietowicz and colleagues refer to disparities affecting ethnic minorities across the health service.1

Race is widely accepted to be a social rather than biological construct used to explain cultural differences, so ethnicity is rarely used to guide clinical practice. Some studies have shown that there is more genetic variation within a race than between races.2 New clinical trials, however, …

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