Challenges of studying racism in healthcare

  • Date: –14:15
  • Location: Engelska parken Segerstedtsrummet, Eng2-1026 (hus 2 i Engelska parken, våning 1, rum 26)
  • Lecturer: Hannah Bradby och Sarah Hamed
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  • Organiser: Seminariet är ett samarrangemang mellan Forum för medicinsk humaniora och samhällsvetenskap och Forskargruppen Välfärd och livslopp vid Sociologiska Institutionen
  • Contact person: Anna Tunlid
  • Phone: 070 3322746
  • Seminarium

The seminar deals with the ambiguities of racism in healthcare settings and asks what a critical Medical Humanities approach might offer.

Seminariet är ett samarrangemang mellan Forum för medicinsk humaniora och samhällsvetenskap och Forskargruppen Välfärd och livslopp vid Sociologiska Institutionen.

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Challenges of studyin racism in healtcare

Abstract:

When patients describe feeling ignored, deprioritized, misunderstood or disrespected by healthcare providers and explain it as discrimination on grounds of appearance, linguistic ability and/or migration status, is this racism? Does the experience of ‘subjective racism’ mean that service providers have been misinterpreted by patients? Is it possible for institutional discrimination to occur in the absence of individual prejudice?

One justification for Medical Humanities is an ability to make sense of ambiguous aspects of healthcare that reductionist medical approaches cannot. When a patient feels belittled by racism, by a provider who cannot imagine being a racist what is the appropriate response?

This presentation outlines the ambiguities of racism in healthcare settings and asks what a critical Medical Humanities approach might offer.