||Terris M & Monk MA
||The validity of socio-economic differentials in tuberculosis
||AME REV RESPIR DIS 1960, 81, 513-517.
Deaths of resident white TB patients in Buffalo,
New York, in 1949-1951 were found to be inversely correlated with
socio-economic status as measured by economic quartile of residence.
Data on the previous residences of these 493 patients were obtained;
84% were traced to 1946 or earlier and, 66% were traced to 1935
or earlier. The socio-economic distribution at the earliest address
found did not differ significantly from the distribution at the
time of death; this held true even for those traced to 1925-1935.
It is concluded, within the limitation of the study method that
no positive evidence was obtained that the excess of TB mortality
in low socio-economic areas is due to downward socio-economic "drift"
by the persons afflicted with the disease.
|KEYWORDS: SOCIO-ECONOMICS; USA.