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Ethnocentrism in healthcare standards

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare

Call for papers now open

Guest Editor

Dr Y. Gavriel Ansara
School of Psychology, University of Surrey, UK
[email protected]

The guest editor of the journal is seeking manuscript submissions for a 2016 special issue on ethnocentrism in healthcare standards.

About the Journal

International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare (IJHRH) is a double-blind peer reviewed journal with a unique practical approach to promoting equality, inclusion and human rights in health and social care.   The journal explores what is currently known about international discrimination and disadvantage, with a focus on issues influencing the health of populations. Content considers the social determinants of health, equity and interventions that help to overcome barriers and that promote equality and inclusion.

Call for papers

The journal is actively seeking papers covering (but not limited to) the following themes:

  • Ethnocentrism in standard medical protocols and training (e.g., signs of heart attack in people with brown skin tones typically excluded).
  • Health disparities that result from excluding cross-cultural diversity (e.g., undermedication of pain in people from cultures that express pain differently from the dominant cultural norms where they receive care; standard practices that are triggering and uncomfortable for asylum-seekers, refugees, and those who have experienced state-sponsored violence).
  • Limited effectiveness of health promotion interventions geared to the general population based on monocultural assumptions (e.g., obesity interventions that assume fat is stigmatised in all cultures, overlooking standards such as preferences for heavy women in Ghanaian cultures).
  • Pathologising of cross-cultural variations (e.g., spirit possession is classified as a psychiatric disorder in ICD and DSM diagnostic frameworks; evidence documents that men categorised by the UK government as "Black and Minority Ethnicity (BME)" are more likely to be diagnosed with psychotic disorders).
  • Evidence-based recommendations for ensuring cross-cultural inclusion in health services standards.

Types of articles welcomed include (but are not limited to):

  • Original, empirical studies with human participants that may use experimental, quantitative, qualitative, and/or bricolage methods
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses that document ethnocentrism and/or interventions to reduce ethnocentrism
  • Commentaries and theoretical articles by healthcare practitioners, administrators, educators, curriculum designers, community activists, and policy makers

The guest editor particularly welcomes articles focused on and written by authors from geographically African or Asian healthcare contexts; asylum-seeker, refugee, or migrant backgrounds or healthcare contexts; and First Nations peoples and societies that have experienced and/or resisted colonisation.

Submission instructions

  • Manuscripts should be between 3,000 and 6,500 words and formatted according to the journal author guidelines.
  • Submissions must be received by 30th November 2015 via the online submission system Scholar One Manuscripts:
  • Authors should indicate that the manuscript is for this special issue by selecting this from the dropdown list on Scholar One Manuscripts.

For further information

Please see the journal homepage: or contact the guest editor.