14 February 2022

Ethnic Inequalities in Healthcare: A Rapid Evidence Review

The Observatory has published its much anticipated rapid review into ethnic health inequalities across a range of areas including key priorities set by the independent health body. Ethnic inequalities in access to, experiences of, and outcomes of healthcare are longstanding problems in the NHS, and are rooted in experiences of structural, institutional and interpersonal racism. This report is the first of its kind to analyse the overwhelming evidence of ethnic health inequality through the lens of racism.

The university-led rapid review focussed on priorities set by the NHS Race and Health Observatory (RHO), relating to ethnic inequalities in:

  • mental healthcare
  • maternal and neonatal healthcare
  • digital access to healthcare
  • genetic testing and genomic medicine
  • the NHS workforce

Read a summary of the rapid evidence review in PDF format here.

Read the full review in PDF format here.