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Study reveals wide health disparity between different ethnic groups in England

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 29 January 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n285
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London, UK

Some people from minority ethnic groups appear to have much poorer health than white people—which can equate to being 20 years older than their actual age—a large observational study has suggested.1

A study published in Lancet Public Health on 28 January found evidence of stark health differences between various ethnicities in England. The findings prompted the authors to call for policy changes to improve ethnic parity for socioeconomic opportunity, service provision, and health outcomes.

Lead study author Ruth Watkinson from the University of Manchester, said, “The disproportionate number of deaths from covid-19 in minority ethnic groups has highlighted inequalities in health among older adults in England. Our study adds detail to evidence of these inequities and their …

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