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Why Are Ethnic Minorities Under- Represented in US Research Studies?

Sheikh, Aziz (2006) Why Are Ethnic Minorities Under- Represented in US Research Studies? PLOS Medicine, 3 (2). pp. 166-167.

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    Most economically developed nations are now multiethnic,and, given current demographic trends, there is reason to believe that societies will continue to become more ethnically and culturally diverse. For example, the 1991 and 2001 UK censuses, which both included a mandatory question on ethnic identity, revealed that the proportion of the UK population classifying themselves as belonging to a non-white minority ethnic group increased by 53% over this 10-year period, from 3 million to 4.6 million (or 7.9% of the UK population)[1]. We have more than two decades of research highlighting ethnic inequalities for a range of long-term disorders [2], such as asthma (Table 1), but despite the policy imperative to improve health outcomes for marginalised populations, there has, unfortunately, been little progress toward this end [3,4]. Perversely, data indicate that for some conditions these health inequalities may actually be increasing.

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    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Minorities, Racial, Ethnic, Research, US, under-represented, participate, willingness, communities, marginalized, marginalised, health care, methodology
    Subjects: Health > Health Equity
    Health > Policy
    Practice > outreach
    Practice > interventions
    Practice > service
    Research > methodologies
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    Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2011
    Last Modified: 03 Feb 2012 10:30
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/565

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