Understanding the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on nurses from ethnic minority backgrounds
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Understanding the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on nurses from ethnic minority backgrounds

Irtiza Qureshi Visiting academic, The Institute for Health Research, University of Bedfordshire, Luton, England
Rebecca Garcia Senior lecturer, School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies, The Open University, Milton Keynes, England
Nasreen Ali Reader, The Institute for Health Research, University of Bedfordshire, Luton, England
Gurch Randhawa Director of institute, The Institute for Health Research, University of Bedfordshire, Luton, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your understanding of intersectionality and its relevance to healthcare staff, including nurses

  • To recognise the intersecting factors that may contribute to the disproportionate effects of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among nurses from ethnic minority backgrounds

  • To consider how an intersectional approach could be implemented in your area of practice

People from ethnic minority backgrounds in the UK have been disproportionately affected by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), with higher death rates and suboptimal health outcomes compared with those from white ethnic backgrounds. This trend is reflected in healthcare staff from ethnic minority backgrounds, including nurses, who are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and have higher death rates from the disease. The theory of intersectionality contends that social categorisations such as gender, race and class can contribute to discrimination and result in disadvantages. In this article, the authors outline several intersecting factors that could be contributing to the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 among nurses from ethnic minority backgrounds, as well as making recommendations for further research in this area.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11645

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Correspondence

irtiza.qureshi@beds.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Qureshi I, Garcia R, Ali N et al (2021) Understanding the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on nurses from ethnic minority backgrounds. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11645

Published online: 12 July 2021

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