The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in the Healthcare Workforce

J Natl Med Assoc. 2020 Jun;112(3):247-249. doi: 10.1016/j.jnma.2020.03.014. Epub 2020 Apr 23.


Background: Diversity and inclusion are terms that have been used widely in a variety of contexts, but these concepts have only been intertwined into the discussion in healthcare in the recent past. It is important to have a healthcare workforce which represents the tapestry of our communities as it relates to race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, physical disability status, and socioeconomic level to render the best possible care to our diverse patient populations.

Methods: We explore efforts by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and other medical organizations to improve diversity and inclusion in medicine.

Conclusion: Finally, we report on best practices, frameworks, and strategies which have been utilized to improve diversity and inclusion in healthcare.

Keywords: Diversity; Healthcare; Inclusion; Workforce.

MeSH terms

  • Cultural Diversity*
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration
  • Ethnicity
  • Health Personnel*
  • Health Workforce*
  • Humans
  • Societies, Medical
  • United States