A Race Equality Foundation Briefing Paper Better Health Briefing 3 Ethnic inequalities in health: the impact of racism Saffron Karlsen Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, UK Key messages 1. People from minority ethnic groups experience poor treatment due to the negative attitudes of others regarding their character or abilities. This occurs in their day-to-day interactions with other people as well as in their access to and interactions with services. Racist attitudes have been shown to affect health in a variety of ways. Understanding these processes is important for the development of effective policies to reduce the health disadvantage experienced by people from minority ethnic groups in the UK. 2. People respond to racist experiences in different ways. This makes evidence of victimisation difficult to establish. In addition, the particular form it takes and victims’ responses to it have an important influence on the health impact of victimisation. 3. Services have an important role to play: as a domain for racist experiences and as a source of support for victims. There is evidence that the responses of services to victimisation can influence its health effect, in both good and bad ways.
Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care – Emerald Publishing
Published: Dec 1, 2008