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Letters Racism in obstetrics

Registering ethnicity for covid-19 research: is the law an obstacle?

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 01 September 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3367
  1. Corrette Ploem, associate professor1,
  2. Jeanine Suurmond, assistant professor2
  1. 1Department of Ethics, Law and Humanities, Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam, Meibergdreef 9, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
  2. 2Department of Public Health, Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam
  1. j.suurmond{at}

A race equality taskforce has been launched in the UK to explore racial disparities in women’s healthcare and racism in the obstetric and gynaecology workforce.1

The risk of covid-19 related death among some ethnic groups is significantly higher than in those of white ethnicity.2 Without collecting, registering, and using data about patients’ ethnicity we would not be informed about these important (and undesirable) ethnic differences. …

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