The neglect of racism as an ethical issue in health care

Johnstone, Megan-Jane and Kanitsaki, Olga 2010, The neglect of racism as an ethical issue in health care, Journal of immigrant and minority health, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 489-495, doi: 10.1007/s10903-008-9210-y.

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Title The neglect of racism as an ethical issue in health care
Author(s) Johnstone, Megan-Jane
Kanitsaki, Olga
Journal name Journal of immigrant and minority health
Volume number 12
Issue number 4
Start page 489
End page 495
Total pages 7
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2010-08
ISSN 1557-1912
Keyword(s) racism
health care
health services
health professionals
Summary Race and racism has been increasingly implicated in known disparities in the health and health care of racial, ethnic and cultural minorities groups. Despite the obvious ethical implications of this observation, racism as an ethical issue per se has been relatively neglected in health care ethics discourse. In this paper consideration is given to addressing the following questions: What is it about racism and racial disparities in health and health care that these command our special moral scrutiny? Why has racism per se tended to be poorly addressed as an ethical issue in health care ethics discourse? And why, if at all, must racism be addressed as an ethical issue in addition to its positioning as a social, political, cultural and legal issue? It is suggested that unless racism is reframed and redressed as a pre-eminent ethical issue by health service providers, its otherwise preventable harmful consequences will remain difficult to identify, anticipate, prevent, manage, and remedy.
Notes Published online: 18 November 2008
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10903-008-9210-y
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2010, Springer
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