Variations in hospitalization rates for asthma among Black and minority ethnic communities

Show simple item record Gilthorpe, MS en Lay Yee, Roy en Wilson, RC en Walters, S en Griffiths, RK en Bedi, R en 2012-03-27T00:22:24Z en 1998-04-01 en
dc.identifier.citation Respiratory Medicine 92(4):642-648 01 Apr 1998 en
dc.identifier.issn 0954-6111 en
dc.identifier.uri en
dc.description.abstract In response to the introduction of ethnic monitoring within the U.K. hospital inpatient data set, this study investigates the variations in secondary healthcare utilization by Black and minority ethnic communities whose cause of admission is related to asthma. The study examines all residents of the West Midlands: over 5 million people, of whom 8·5% are from Black and minority ethnic groups. A retrospective study of 15 921 asthma-related hospital admissions, from 1 April 1995 to 31 March 1996, was carried out. Age-standardized admission rates were higher in all Black and minority ethnic groups studied than in the White group. There were elevated rates in Black children aged 5–14 years, and particular differences were observed for Indian and Bangladeshi men and women aged 65 years or over. Emergency admissions to hospital for asthma were strongly associated with patients' socioeconomic background but this was largely observed for Black and minority ethnic groups that also generally experience high levels of deprivation. The findings support previous studies which suggest that hospital utilization rates for asthma among people from Black and minority ethnic groups are high compared with the White group, despite little evidence in measured prevalence. This study suggests that ethnic background is more important in asthma admissions than deprivation, which raises serious concerns on the appropriateness and quality of asthma care for these patient groups within our society. Future studies need to examine pathways to care, that is the health-seeking behaviour of Black and minority ethnic groups, the type of treatment received at the primary care level and referral patterns to secondary care. en
dc.language English en
dc.publisher W B SAUNDERS CO LTD en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Respiratory Medicine en
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dc.subject Science & Technology en
dc.subject Life Sciences & Biomedicine en
dc.subject Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems en
dc.subject Respiratory System en
dc.subject Cardiovascular System & Cardiology en
dc.subject ADMISSION RATES en
dc.subject INDIAN CHILDREN en
dc.subject RISK-FACTORS en
dc.subject CHILDHOOD ASTHMA en
dc.subject NEW-ZEALANDERS en
dc.subject INNER-CITY en
dc.subject PREVALENCE en
dc.subject FIJIAN en
dc.title Variations in hospitalization rates for asthma among Black and minority ethnic communities en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/S0954-6111(98)90511-X en
pubs.issue 4 en
pubs.begin-page 642 en
pubs.volume 92 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: W B SAUNDERS CO LTD en
dc.identifier.pmid 9659530 en
pubs.end-page 648 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 103516 en Arts en Arts Research en Compass en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2012-08-22 en
pubs.dimensions-id 9659530 en

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