Utilising intersectionality for reviewing contributing factors in the number of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic nurse deaths due to COVID-19

Quereshi, Irtiza; Garcia, Rebecca; Ali, Nasreen and Randhawa, Gurch (2021). Utilising intersectionality for reviewing contributing factors in the number of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic nurse deaths due to COVID-19. Nursing Standard (In press).

Abstract

Introduction: Black, Asian and minority ethnic populations in the United Kingdom are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, with a higher death rate also evidenced in the Black, Asian and minority ethnic healthcare workforce. It is critical that healthcare providers safeguard their key resource, their staff, in the battle against COVID-19. This discussion paper proposes intersectionality as a framework for considering the contributory factors for the disproportionate number of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic nurse deaths in the National Health Service.
Design: Discussion paper.
Conclusion: COVID-19 is a novel disease and there is no consensus on the appropriate conceptual framework to help analyse the emerging evidence. There are several reasons why intersectionality may be considered appropriate including the relevance of structural issues such as power and disadvantage and social categories such as ethnicity and gender.
Implications for practice: This paper will be of use to policy makers, researchers and practitioners currently assessing the implications of COVID-19 and safeguarding the healthcare workforce.

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