Inequities in health and healthcare viewed through the ethical lens of critical social justice: contextual knowledge for the global priorities ahead

ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2009 Oct-Dec;32(4):282-94. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3181bd6955.


The authors use the backdrop of the Healthy People 2010 initiative to contribute to a discussion encompassing social justice from local to national to global contexts. Drawing on findings from their programs of research, they explore the concept of critical social justice as a powerful ethical lens through which to view inequities in health and in healthcare access. They examine the kind of knowledge needed to move toward the ideal of social justice and point to strategies for engaging in dialogue about knowledge and actions to promote more equitable health and healthcare from local to global levels.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Colonialism
  • Cultural Competency / ethics
  • Cultural Competency / organization & administration
  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Feminism
  • Forecasting
  • Global Health*
  • Health Planning / ethics
  • Health Planning / organization & administration
  • Health Priorities / ethics
  • Health Priorities / organization & administration
  • Health Status Disparities*
  • Healthcare Disparities* / ethics
  • Healthcare Disparities* / organization & administration
  • Healthy People Programs / ethics
  • Healthy People Programs / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Knowledge
  • Nursing Research* / ethics
  • Nursing Research* / organization & administration
  • Philosophy, Nursing*
  • Prejudice
  • Principle-Based Ethics
  • Social Justice / ethics*