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Nursing students' awareness of inequity in healthcare — An intersectional perspective
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4302-5529
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Nurse Education Today, ISSN 0260-6917, E-ISSN 1532-2793, Vol. 48, no 1 jan, 134-139 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective The overall aim of the present study was to explore awareness of inequity in healthcare and the intersection between different structures of power among nursing students. Another aim was to delineate the knowledge and use of Swedish Healthcare Direct in this group. Design The study had a descriptive design with a quantitative approach. Participants The sample consisted of 157 nursing students from three universities in central Sweden. Methods The students filled out a study specific questionnaire in class. The questionnaire consisted of short descriptions of twelve fictive persons who differed in gender, age, and ethnicity, with questions about their life situation. The mean was calculated for each assessed fictive person for every item. In the next step, the assessments were ranked from the lowest probability to the highest probability. A ‘Good life-index’ consisting of quality of life, power over own life, and experience of discrimination, was also calculated. Free text comments were analysed qualitatively. Results People with Swedish names were assessed to have the highest probability of having a good life. Among those with Swedish names, the oldest woman was assessed as having the lowest probability of a good life. All students had knowledge about Swedish Healthcare Direct, but more female students had used the service compared to male students. Conclusions The results indicate that the nursing students had awareness of how power and gender, ethnicity and age, are related. Based on the free text comments, the questions and the intersectional perspective seemed to evoke some irritation which points to their sensitive nature. Therefore, the questionnaire could be used as a tool to start a discussion of equity in healthcare and in interventions where the aim is to raise awareness of inequality and intersectionality.

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2017. Vol. 48, no 1 jan, 134-139 p.
Keyword [en]
Age, Equity in healthcare, Ethnicity, Gender, Intersectionality, Nursing students, Power, Telephone nursing
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Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-33693DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2016.10.009ISI: 000389730600023Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84993949798OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-33693DiVA: diva2:1047416
Available from: 2016-11-17 Created: 2016-11-17 Last updated: 2017-01-05Bibliographically approved

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