Diversity and Discrimination in Health Care


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

2 May 2024

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

120 Minutes

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Activity Description

The United States is a diverse country and a place for people of all backgrounds. However, discrimination against individuals and groups belonging to minority identities persists, leading to negative outcomes for patients and healthcare professionals. Clinicians are responsible for addressing inequity in the medical profession, a part of the American healthcare system. Several decades ago, diversity and discrimination were considered terms within social justice or social movements. However, in recent years, there has been a notable shift in focus within the healthcare field towards understanding and addressing social determinants of health. Remaining cognizant of these cultural shifts is relevant for healthcare community members at all levels to remain productive and contribute within the field.

This activity reviews the concepts of diversity and discrimination and highlights the interprofessional team's role in improving care for patients from diverse backgrounds through medical education. Participating clinicians are equipped with historical milestones, past and present events, and recommendations to inform policy that aims to increase diversity and decrease discrimination within healthcare settings.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify different manifestations of diversity and discrimination, and analyze their impacts on health care.

  • Interpret the different levels within the healthcare system on which bias and discrimination occur.

  • Evaluate relationships between bias and negative patient outcomes in the healthcare system.

  • Implement interprofessional guidance that healthcare systems can adopt to increase diversity and reduce disparities.


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  4. Choose the best answer to each activity test question. To receive credit and a certificate, you must pass the test questions with a minimum score of 100%.
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