Exploring the barriers and experiences of migrant/ Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities accessing physiotherapy services

   Faculty of Health Studies

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  Dr Lisa Edwards, Dr Melanie Cooper  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

In the UK healthcare system, it is known that black and minority ethnic (BAME) populations including migrants have poorer health outcomes and experience barriers to accessing healthcare services (Bailey et al. 2018; Cook et al. 2019; Haque et al. 2020; Kapilashrami et al. 2018; Nambiar-Greenwood et al 2017; Szczepura, 2008). It is important that for BAME groups, reducing health inequality is made a priority. The medical literature presents a plethora of evidence about access to health services in BAME populations. Less is known about access to physiotherapy services in the UK health systems and access for some members of society is poorer than others(Dawes et al. 2017). Access to physiotherapy services in the UK has now been identified as a healthcare priority (Rankin et al. 2020). This project would seek to explore the access to physiotherapy services in the UK for BAME groups with a particular focus on the migrant population (forced and economic).

Medicine (26) Sociology (32)

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded PhD project; applicants will be expected to pay their own fees or have a suitable source of third-party funding. UK students may be able to apply for a Doctoral Loan from Student Finance for financial support.


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Cook, L., Mukherjee, S., McLachlan, T., Shah, R., Livingston, G., & Mukadam, N. (2019). Parity of access to memory services in London for the BAME population: a cross-sectional study. Aging & mental health, 23(6), 693-697.
Dawes, J., Deaton, S., & Greenwood, N. (2017). Homeless people’s access to primary care physiotherapy services: an exploratory, mixed-method investigation using a follow-up qualitative extension to core quantitative research. BMJ open, 7(6), e012957.
Haque, E. U., Choudry, B., & George, R. E. (2020). How Can We Improve Health and Healthcare Experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Communities?. Tackling Causes and Consequences of Health Inequalities: A Practical Guide, 12.
Kapilashrami, A., & Marsden, S. (2018). Examining intersectional inequalities in access to health (enabling) resources in disadvantaged communities in Scotland: advancing the participatory paradigm. International journal for equity in health, 17(1), 83.
Nambiar-Greenwood, G. (2017). Culturally appropriate care: a qualitative exploration of service-users’ perspectives of nursing care (Doctoral dissertation, Manchester Metropolitan University).
Rankin, G., Summers, R., Cowan, K., Barker, K., Button, K., Carroll, S. P., ... & Waterfield, J. (2020). Identifying Priorities for Physiotherapy Research in the UK: the James Lind Alliance Physiotherapy Priority Setting Partnership. Physiotherapy, 107, 161-168.
Szczepura, A. (2005). Access to health care for ethnic minority populations. Postgraduate medical journal, 81(953), 141-147.

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