Identifying studies of ethnic minority populations

Question your user in detail 
Searches could be linked to a specific disease/condition or type of study
For searches by disease use the subheading ethnology with the disease eg: Exp Mental Disorders/ [Ethnology]
Also consider using Ethnology as a floating subheading within search sets as this subheading can be used with diseases or geographic  headings.  See below and NLM Indexing manual for more details:
19.8.32 /ethnology/ EH, /ethnol 
Used with diseases and selected terms for ethnic, cultural, anthropological, or racial aspects, and with geographic headings to indicate the place of origin of  a group of people. 
To search for ethnology as a floating subheading the syntax is: eh.fs.
                                                                                                                                                             An example of this for say Mental Health would go like this:

1.  explode Mental Disorders/ethnology
2.  explode Mental Disorders/all subheadings
3.  eh.fs.
4.  2 and 3
5.  4 not 1
6.  1 or 5
                                                                                                                                                            For Mesh terms which can be exploded examine the tree and select more specific terms as required for particular populations. For example for  South Asian Communities in UK use Islam/ instead of Exp Religion/
Exp Ethnic Groups/
Exp Religion/                                                                                                                                Refugees/
Transients and Migrants//
Emigration and Immigration/
Race Relations/
Exp Continental Population Groups/
Prejudice/
Exp Culture/
Transcultural Nursing/
Note –  Mesh has terms for specific American population groups so examine the tree structure under Continental Population Groups/ 
For Mental Health consider: Prayer Healing/, Mental Healing/
                                                                                                                                                     Relevant Thesaurus Terms for non-Medline databases:
Racial-and-Ethnic-Groups#.DE (PsycINFO)
Cross-Cultural-Differences.DE (PsycINFO)
Cross-Cultural-Treatment.DE (PsycINFO)
Ethnic-Identity.DE (PsycINFO)
Ethnic-Groups.DE (Embase)
Cultural-Factors.DE (Embase)
Minority-Groups#.DE (Embase, PsycINFO)
Ethnic-Minorities.DE (DH Data, Kings Fund)
Black-and-Ethnic-Minority.DE (DH Data, Kings Fund)
Racism-and-Cultural-Factors.DE (DH Data, Kings Fund)
Health-Services-for-Ethnic-Minorities.DE (DH Data)
                                                                                                                                                                       Suggested free-text terms (adapt for specific population group) – 
Based on OVID search language. Free-text terms could appear in title abstract for religious or linguistic characteristics (that can be an indicator of ethnicity), or terms used to describe population groups in the UK.  Some databases will require terms which could appear with and without a hyphen to be entered twice depending how the database deals with hyphenated words, so check this. 

Factor in Languages, Religion and other terms (below):
Africa$
African-American
Afro-Caribbean
African-Caribbean
Anti-racist
Anti-racism
Asian$
Asylum$
Bangladesh$
Black$
BME
Caribbean
Chinese
Crosscultural
Cross cultural
Cultural$
Diversity
Equal opportunit$
Equality
Ethnic ADJ3 minorit$
Ethnic$.
Ethnographic$
Ethnology
Gypsy
Gypsies
Health ADJ3 inequalit$ (MESH SocioEconomic Factors)
Immigration
Immigrant$
Indian$
Jamaica$ 
Minorit$3
Migrant$.
Mixed race
Multi racial
Multiracial
Multi cultural$
Multicultural$
Multi ethnic$
Multiethnic$
Multilingual
Multi lingual
Pakistan$
Race
Racial$
Racism
Racist
Refugee$
(Religion or religious)
Romany
(Social adj (inclusion or exclusion))
Social$ excluded
Social$ inclu$
Transcultural
Trans cultural
Trans racial
Transracial
Traveller$

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