Research project

RiGeV: Racism in healthcare

Brief description of the project

The project focuses on racism in healthcare, taking inpatient acute care and rehabilitation as examples. The project analyses racism from the perspective of those affected and institutions. Attributions made by healthcare staff and how racism is dealt with in the institutions are analyzed. The aim is to initiate organizational changes based on these findings. 

The following research questions are being investigated in the project:

  • How do patients and relatives experience racist discrimination in healthcare, and how do they deal with it? 
  • How do healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists) perceive their professional work with racialized patients, and what patterns of interpretation and attributions underlie this? 
  • Which institutional conditions favor racism in acute inpatient care and rehabilitation, and which counteract it? 
  • How do organizations deal with racist discrimination at an institutional level? 
  • How do structural conditions of regions (such as federal state/geographical location, prevalence of specific political and/or religious attitudes) affect the occurrence of racism in healthcare? 
  • How can institutional learning and change processes be initiated in healthcare facilities? 

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RiGeV sub-project

Reconstructive analysis of patients' and relatives' experiences of racism in healthcare 

Prof. Dr. Regina Brunnett 
Hochschule Fulda - University of Applied Sciences

Reconstructive qualitative analysis of racism from the perspective of healthcare professionals in hospitals and rehabilitation centers

Prof. Dr. Dr. Hürrem Tezcan-Güntekin
Alice Salomon Hochschule für Sozialarbeit und Sozialpädagogik Berlin

Online document analysis and online survey of patients, Relatives and care facilities

Prof. Dr. Patrick Brzoska
Private Universität Witten/Herdecke