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Q Is there an increased risk of psychotic illness in ethnic minority groups in the UK?
General population in Southeast London, Nottingham, and Bristol, UK; September 1997 to August 1999.
1 029 802 people aged 16–64 years living in the three study areas.
People presenting to mental health services for the first time with delusions, hallucinations, thought disorder, or negative symptoms of schizophrenia were referred for assessment interview. Patient information systems for London and Nottingham were additionally searched for relevant psychotic diagnostic codes. Interviewees were assessed with the PSE SCAN v.2.0. Case notes of people unable to be interviewed were assessed with the Item Group Checklist of the SCAN interview. Sociodemographic factors were assessed with a specially designed questionnaire. Ethnicity was determined by three separate assessors based on self-description of ethnicity, place of birth, and parents’ place …
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