Evaluation of affirmative policies in health: discourses, at | 57191

Journal of Health and Medical Research


Evaluation of affirmative policies in health: discourses, attitudes and practices regarding racism, inequalities and actions against racism in Brazil

Cristina Gomes

In this research, racism is defined as a multidimensional
configuration of beliefs, emotions and behavioral guidelines
to discriminate against black individuals, who are
considered by whites as members of an out-group. A representative
survey was applied to 634 workers of public and
private health services in the municipality of Camaçari,
State of Bahia, to explore knowledge, perceptions, attitudes
and behaviors regarding to racism, its explicit and
subtle expressions. Principal Component Analysis – PCA
was used to reduce and classify sentences on racism and
discrimination for white, black and brown individuals.
Results show that racism is mainly subtle, but there are
also explicit expressions of racism mainly among white
and brown personnel.