Etnische verschillen in referentiewaarden
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09-02-2012
Charlotte van Noord en Arie Berghout

Ethnic differences in laboratory results

Over the years the Netherlands has become a country with a population comprising over 20% of immigrants. Immigrants differ from natives in both biological and cultural aspects, amongst others in laboratory results, but also in level of participation in clinical trials, and treatment outcomes. It is important for physicians to keep these differences between ethnic groups in mind. The authors argue that specific reference ranges for subgroups should be established.

Conflict of interest: none declared. Financial support: none declared.