Using Intersectionality Theory to Address Health Disparities in the Steps to Kidney Transplant in Patients with End Stage Renal Disease
Intersectionality is a theory examining how individuals’ different identities intersect to create a new lived experience, often with compounded oppressions. This theory has recently been utilized in health research to help understand and find effective ways of addressing health disparities (Bowleg, 2012). However, while studies have theorized broadly about intersectionality theory in health research, it has seldom been used to specifically address health disparities in patients with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). The goal of this study is to systematically examine past research that has examined barriers to kidney transplantation among ESRD patients with intersectional identities, particularly concerning race and gender. It is anticipated that findings from this study would highlight past research specific to this topic as well as provide recommendations for future research in this area, including intervention studies.