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Universities and industry stakeholders must collaborate to address racism faced by healthcare students
  1. Vittoria Sorice,
  2. Sandie Ireland
  1. Emergency Medicine, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Chesterfield, UK
  1. Correspondence to Ms Vittoria Sorice, Emergency Medicine, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, UK; vittoria.sorice{at}

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Commentary on: Pryce-Miller M, Bliss E, Airey A, Garvey A, Pennington CR. The lived experiences of racial bias for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students in practice: A hermeneutic phenomenological study. Nurse Educ Pract. 2023 Jan;66:103532. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2022.103532. Epub 2022 Dec 11.

Implications for practice and research

  • Further research on how non-racial behaviours conceal, normalise and manifest healthcare-related racism in academic and clinical contexts is imperative.

  • Academic and healthcare institutions must support the development of strategic racial frameworks to better integrate, retain and develop Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BME) students and employees.


Healthcare education is essential for ensuring patient safety and delivering high-quality care.1 Regrettably, racism can be pervasive in this sector.2 Racial bias can manifest, for instance, in the under-representation of racial and ethnic minorities in student demographics, faculty and course curricula. Consequently, these can negatively impact care for patients of colour by causing longer latency, lower-quality care and less …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.