Despite both anti-discrimination legislation and rhetoric that supports equality, Gypsies and
Travellers represent the most marginalised ethnic group within the United Kingdom. In
relation to healthcare experiences literature identifies both personal and structural
discrimination as contributing to the significant health inequity between the Gypsy and
Traveller community and their settled counterparts, an inequity that remains even when
adjusted for socioeconomic factors. Despite evidence of such discrimination there is a
dearth of literature relating to how Gypsies and Travellers experience discrimination within
healthcare and how they perceive its impact.
Aims and Methodology:
This research proposal aims to identify discriminatory practices within healthcare as
perceived by Gypsies and Travellers in order to bring about a deeper understanding of the
context of such discrimination. It also aims to explore the impact that Gypsies and
Traveller's perceive this discrimination to have.
This proposal utilises a Participatory Action Research approach with the findings of this
study being used to inform the following phases of the PAR.
Conclusion/Implications for practice:
It is hoped that findings from this research will add to our understanding of discrimination
experienced by Gypsies and Travellers within healthcare and wider society. Furthermore,
conscious raising around these experiences and their impact may give potential for
dismantling such discrimination, and has possibilities for challenging both negative
stereotypes and a monocultural approach to healthcare that serves to perpetually
disadvantage such marginalised groups.
Keywords: Gypsy; Traveller; Ethnicity; Discrimination; Healthcare; Participatory Action