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Back To Vidyya Health Differences Among Ethnic Groups Highlighted In Survey

Health Inequalities Revealed In Most Extensive Survey Ever Undertaken Among Ethnic Minorities

Health inequalities have been revealed in the most extensive survey ever undertaken among ethnic minority groups.

The survey was also the first national review to include ethnic minority children as well as adults.

Altogether, 6,800 adults were interviewed and 3,400 children from black Caribbean, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese and Irish communities took part in the survey. Those findings were compared against a survey of the general population.

It revealed:·

  • higher rates of angina and heart attack among south Asian men and higher rates of stroke in black Caribbean and Indian men
  • higher rates of diabetes among men and women from all ethnic groups except the Chinese and Irish
  • men from south Asian and Chinese communities were less likely to be obese while black Caribbean and Pakistani women were more likely to be obese
  • Bangladeshi men were 60 per cent more likely to smoke
  • all ethnic groups drank less alcohol except for Irish men and women
  • children in all groups, but especially Pakistani and Bangladeshi children, were less likely to have ever visited a dentist

Public health minister Yvette Cooper said: "Tackling health inequalities is a high priority for this Government. This survey will help us to focus on the health inequalities and health needs of black and minority ethnic groups."

The Government has already set out to tackle inequalities between ethnic groups. This included a target that by 2003 there will be a free and nationally-available translation and interpretation service from every NHS premises through NHS Direct. By 2003, reducing inequalities will be a key factor in allocating funds to NHS trusts.

Free copies of the summary of the survey are available by clicking here

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