Urologic oncology workforce diversity: A first step in reducing cancer disparities

Urol Oncol. 2019 May 16;S1078-1439(19)30158-9. doi: 10.1016/j.urolonc.2019.04.025. Online ahead of print.


Urologic cancer disparities based on race/ethnicity and gender are well-documented across the cancer continuum. Patients cared for by physicians of similar race/ethnicity and gender report better communication, patient satisfaction, and care adherence which has the potential to translate into better health outcomes. We believe that ensuring a diverse Urologic Oncology workforce is an important first step toward eliminating cancer disparities due to the downstream effects of improved communication between concordant patient-physician dyads. In this essay, we review the demographics of the Urologic cancer patient population and Urologic Oncology workforce; describe current evidence supporting healthcare workforce diversity, especially related to race and gender-based concordant patient-physician relationships; and make recommendations for individual and institutional strategies to develop and support a diverse workforce in Urologic Oncology.

Keywords: Cancer disparities; Diversity; Gender bias; Health workforce; Urologic cancers.

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