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# Describing the white ethnic group and its composition in medical research

Aspinall, Peter J. (1998) Describing the white ethnic group and its composition in medical research. Social Science and Medicine, 47 (11). pp. 1797-1808. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:24440)

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## Abstract

The routine use in medical research of an ostensibly homogeneous white'' category in ethnic group classifcations has meant that white minorities, such as the Irish, Turks and Cypriots, have remained hidden, even though such groups are subject to discrimination and disadvantage common to other minority groups. The terms white'' and Caucasian'' are frequently and increasingly employed in the scientific literature in spite of widespread concern about the medicalization of race. Moreover, in Great Britain ethnic monitoring of hospital inpatients has revealed negligible interest in utilising codes that subdivide the white group. Yet recent research has shown, for example, substantially elevated age

standardised limiting long-term illness rates in the first generation Irish and excess mortality in the second

generation living in Britain. The health needs of these white minorities can only properly be identifed

through the availability of census denominator data of the kind now collected in the U.S. and Canadian

decennial census questions on ethnic origin. The opportunity for government to make such provision in

the forthcoming Great Britain 2001 Census should be seized whilst it is still available and recommendations for subdividing the white'' group are made.

Item Type: Article R Medicine Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies Tony Rees 29 Jun 2011 14:05 UTC 16 Nov 2021 10:02 UTC https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/24440 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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