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Racial categories in medical practice: a failure of evidence-based practice?

Ellison, George T. H and Smart, Andrew and Tutton, Richard and Outram, Simon M and Ashcroft, Richard and Martin, Paul (2007) Racial categories in medical practice: a failure of evidence-based practice? PLoS Medicine, 4 (9). pp. 1434-1436. ISSN 1549-1277

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Abstract

This Perspective discusses the following new Essay published in PLoS Medicine: Braun L, Fausto-Sterling A, Fullwiley D, Hammonds EM, Nelson A, et al. (2007) Racial categories in medical practice: How useful are they? PLoS Med 4(9): e271. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0040271 In this Essay, the authors address the question of whether it is good medical practice for physicians to “eyeball” a patient’s race when assessing their medical status.

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Article number e287

Uncontrolled Keywords: ethnicity, ethnic groups, races, ethnic epidemiology, culture, global health, health care policy, health services, social researchers, definition, standardisation, context-specific attributive markers, biomedicine, biomedical journals, United States National Institutes of Health, World Health Organization, WHO, anthropology
Subjects: FOR Classification > 0604 Genetics
FOR Classification > 1103 Clinical Sciences
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2013 00:46
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2014 22:33
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/23943
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0040287
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Citations in Scopus: 20 - View on Scopus

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