Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Pharmacogenomics. 2008 Apr;9(4):453-62. doi: 10.2217/14622416.9.4.453.

Race, ethnicity and social class and the complex etiologies of asthma.

Author information

  • 1Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, UCSF/Lung Biology Center, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94143-2911, USA. katherine.drake@ucsf.edu

Abstract

Asthma is a common but complex respiratory disease caused by the interaction of genetic and environmental factors. Significant racial and ethnic disparities in prevalence, mortality and drug response have been described. These disparities may be explained by racial and ethnic-specific variation in genetic, environmental, social and psychological risk factors. In addition, race, ethnicity and social class are important proxies for unmeasured factors that influence health outcomes. Herein, we review salient differences in the etiologies of asthma by race, ethnicity and social class, and argue for their continued use as variables in asthma research.

PMID:
18384258
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC2746736
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Atypon Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk