Patients and their "ethnicity": why all the questions????

Collecting demographic information from our patients is an important part of acquiring a better understanding of possible disease risk factors. Particular groups in society may be more vulnerable to certain conditions. For instance, those from an Asian background may be prone to deficiencies in various metabolic enzymes, including alcohol dehydrogenase, lactase or glucose6phosphatedehydrogenase (G6PD). Cystic fibrosis and rosacea tends to be a disease suffered by those with Northern European heritage. Thalassaemia is moreprevalent in the Mediterranean population, and sickle cell anaemia is most common in individuals of sub-SaharanAfrican descent. This does not mean that only those groups

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