Talk by Professor Gina Awoko Higginbottom
The United Kingdom (UK) is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-cultural nation. There are legal, economic, social and moral arguments that support ethnic diversity and the adequate inclusion of black and minority ethnic (BME) participants in research. Moreover, the prevalence of some diseases and conditions is greater in BME communities and a greater burden is borne. For example, recent data from MBRRACE-UK informs us that both maternal and perinatal mortality are higher in BME communities (https://www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/mbrrace-uk). There is an urgent imperative to ameliorate ethnic inequalities in health, mostly recently illuminated in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently in the UK there are no mandatory requirements compelling researchers to ensure adequate ethno-cultural diversity in research studies. In this session we consider the need for inclusivity in respect of ethno-cultural diversity in health-related research and the strategies required to achieve social justice and fairness as it manifests in health-related research
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