Studies on the health of ethnic minority populations can provide clues about the aetiology of diseases, can shed light on fundamental health inequalities that exist within one country and may therefore be informative for people responsible for the provision and planning of health care(1). For these reasons, a considerable number of studies on ethnic inequalities in health have been performed during the last few decades(2-9). Mortality figures are an interesting source of information on the health of ethnic minorities because they are objective figures that can provide a broad image of the health situation of group of interest. Surveys form an alternative source of information on the health of ethnic minorities. These have, however, as a disadvantage that they are susceptible to distortion due to cultural differences in reporting behaviour (10).

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Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

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