Title

Racial disparities in dermatology

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

12-12-2022

Journal

Archives of dermatological research

DOI

10.1007/s00403-022-02507-z

Keywords

Atopic dermatitis; Clinical trials; Dermatology; Disparities; Hidradenitis suppurativa; Machine learning; Mycosis fungoides; Psoriasis; Race; Skin cancer; Structural racism

Abstract

Significant racial/ethnic disparities in dermatologic care and their subsequent impact on dermatologic conditions were recently reported. Contributing factors include socioeconomic factors, gaps in educational exposure, and underrepresentation of minority groups in the dermatologic workforce. In 2021, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) announced its three-year plan to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion in dermatology. One way to reduce disparities in dermatology is for every dermatologist, regardless of race or ethnicity, to receive adequate education in diseases, treatments, health equity, and tailored approaches to delivering dermatologic care with cultural humility. In addition, a diverse dermatologic workforce-especially at the level of residency program educators and organizational leaders-will contribute to improved cross-cultural understanding, more inclusive research efforts, and improved treatment approaches for conditions that are more prevalent or nuanced in certain racial/ethnic populations. Finally, the dermatology and broader healthcare community needs to acknowledge and educate ourselves on the health impacts of racism.

Department

Dermatology

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