Cross-cultural use of socio-medical indicators with British Asians
Baker, Mark R
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Socio-medical measures of health are increasingly being used as adjuncts to traditional clinical and epidemiological investigations. Such instruments can potentially make a significant contribution to research on inequalities in health between different ethnic groups and in planning health service delivery. However, care must be taken to ensure that the cross-cultural adaptation has conceptual, semantic and linguistic equivalence with the original and cultural differences in the meanings of health and illness must be closely considered. The use of some such instruments with Britain's Asian populations is reviewed and issues in adapting the Nottingham Health Profile for use with these populations, and some preliminary results are discussed.