Ambulance service and health inequalities: an exploratory study

Wankhade, Paresh, Halsall, J.H. and Cook, I.G. (2014) Ambulance service and health inequalities: an exploratory study. Teaching Public Administration – Public Administration Committee (TPA-PAC) Conference, 9th June – 11th June 2014, University of Liverpool, UK.

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This paper addresses important policy, practice and cultural issues confronted by the pre-hospital emergency care setup. This aspect of care plays a unique role in the healthcare safety net in providing the delivery of the emergency ambulance service to a very diverse population, including members of ethnic and racial minorities. The paper addresses important policy, operational and cultural issues confronted by the pre-hospital emergency care setup (emergency ambulance service), which has a unique role in the healthcare safety net in providing care to a very diverse population, including members of ethnic and racial minorities. The paper reviews the current ethnicity trends in the UK along with international evidence linking ethnicity and health inequalities. The study argues that serious difficulties will arise between the health provider and the patient if they come from different backgrounds and therefore experience difficulties in cross-cultural communication. The paper offers few strategies to address health inequalities in emergency care and concludes by arguing that much more needs to be done to ensure that we are hearing the voices of more diverse groups, groups who are often excluded from engagement through barriers such as language or mobility difficulties

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Business and Management
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2016 11:50
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/7570

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