04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Health status of Gypsy Travellers

Health status of Gypsy Travellers

BACKGROUND: Although previous studies suggest that Gypsy Travellers have poorer health status and excess mortality compared with the general population, there is no epidemiological evidence using validated measures in this nomadic ethnic group. The aim of this study was to compare the health status of traditional Gypsy Travellers with norms from the UK population, and […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Missing, mediocre, or merely obsolete? An evaluation of UK data sources for coronary heart disease.[see comment]

Missing, mediocre, or merely obsolete? An evaluation of UK data sources for coronary heart disease.[see comment]

STUDY OBJECTIVE: Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the commonest cause of death in the UK. However, there is no single comprehensive source of information to support CHD prevention and treatment strategies. Therefore this study evaluated the availability and quality of UK CHD data sources since 1981. DESIGN: Data sources for England and Wales were identified […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Cardiac rehabilitation: the needs of South Asian cardiac patients

Cardiac rehabilitation: the needs of South Asian cardiac patients

There is an indication that South Asian people in the UK experience greater delays than white British populations in obtaining appropriate treatment and intervention despite experiencing higher levels of coronary heart disease (Chaturvedi et al, 1997). Evidence suggests that access to and uptake of UK cardiac rehabilitation services is disproportionately low in South Asian populations […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on The performance of a risk score as a screening test for undiagnosed hyperglycemia in ethnic minority groups: data from the 1999 health survey for England

The performance of a risk score as a screening test for undiagnosed hyperglycemia in ethnic minority groups: data from the 1999 health survey for England

OBJECTIVE: To assess the performance of the Cambridge Risk Score (CRS) to predict undiagnosed hyperglycemia in Caribbean and South Asian people living in the U.K. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: The CRS uses routinely available data from primary care records to identify people at high risk for undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. The sensitivity, specificity, and area […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Perceived ethnicity and the risk of compulsory admission

Perceived ethnicity and the risk of compulsory admission

Black-Caribbean patients are more often admitted compulsorily to psychiatric wards than patients from other ethnic groups. We tested the hypothesis that perceived ethnicity of a patient had no independent effect on the risk of compulsory admission. For all consecutive admissions over a 6-month period to acute psychiatric wards in Nottingham, medical officers responsible for the […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Prevalence of anxiety and depressive illness and help seeking behaviour in African Caribbeans and white Europeans: two phase general population survey.[see comment]

Prevalence of anxiety and depressive illness and help seeking behaviour in African Caribbeans and white Europeans: two phase general population survey.[see comment]

OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of common mental disorders (anxiety and depression) and help seeking behaviour in African Caribbeans and white Europeans. DESIGN: Two phase survey in a general population sample. The first phase comprised screening with the 12 item general health questionnaire; the second phase was standardised psychiatric assessment and interview about help seeking. […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Understanding the excess of psychosis among the African-Caribbean population in England. Review of current hypotheses

Understanding the excess of psychosis among the African-Caribbean population in England. Review of current hypotheses

BACKGROUND: Increased rates of schizophrenia continue to be reported among the African-Caribbean population in England. AIMS: To evaluate the competing biological, psychological and social explanations that have been proposed. METHOD: Literature review. RESULTS: The African-Caribbean population in England is at increased risk of both schizophrenia and mania; the higher rates remain when operational diagnostic criteria […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Geomapping of chlamydia and gonorrhoea in Birmingham

Geomapping of chlamydia and gonorrhoea in Birmingham

OBJECTIVE: To investigate if the core population hypothesis is applicable to patients with genital chlamydia infections. DESIGN: Retrospective cross sectional study. SETTING: Two genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics in the city of Birmingham and eight adjacent clinics. SUBJECTS: All patients with chlamydia (n = 665) or gonorrhoea (n = 584) attending between 1 October 1995 and […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Ethnic group differences in overweight and obese children and young people in England: cross sectional survey.[see comment]

Ethnic group differences in overweight and obese children and young people in England: cross sectional survey.[see comment]

AIMS: To determine the percentage of children and young adults who are obese or overweight within different ethnic and socioeconomic groups. METHODS: Secondary analysis of data on 5689 children and young adults aged 2-20 years from the 1999 Health Survey for England. RESULTS: Twenty three per cent of children (n = 1311) were overweight, of […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Socioeconomic and ethnic group differences in self reported health status and use of health services by children and young people in England: cross sectional study.[erratum appears in BMJ. 2003 Aug 9;327(7410):325]

Socioeconomic and ethnic group differences in self reported health status and use of health services by children and young people in England: cross sectional study.[erratum appears in BMJ. 2003 Aug 9;327(7410):325]

OBJECTIVES: To examine whether self reported health status and use of health services varies in children of different social class and ethnic group. DESIGN: Cross sectional study from the 1999 health survey for England. SUBJECTS: 6648 children and young adults aged 2-20 years. SETTING: Private households in England. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Proportion of children (or […]

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