Position statement from the Editors of Anaesthesia on equity, diversity and inclusion

Anaesthesia. 2022 Sep;77(9):1018-1022. doi: 10.1111/anae.15763. Epub 2022 Jun 27.


There is a need to prioritise equity, diversity and inclusion within anaesthesia and medicine as a whole. This position statement outlines the Anaesthesia Editors' current policies and practices aiming to achieve equity, represent the diversity of our specialty and actively include people engaged with this journal and beyond. We will define, promote and embed principles of equity, diversity and inclusion across all our work. We will monitor and report author and editor characteristics and ensure recruitment practices are transparent and adhere to our principles on equity, diversity and inclusion. We will attempt to remove systemic barriers restricting those from under-represented groups from progressing into leadership roles within anaesthesia. We will respond to threats and barriers to the principles and practices we set. With these principles and specific actions we undertake, we aim to be pro-active rather than reactive. We commit to embracing and embedding equity, diversity and inclusion in all our practices and regularly reviewing, improving and updating our policies and practices.

Keywords: diversity; equality; inclusion; position statement.

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia*
  • Anesthesiology*
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Editorial Policies
  • Humans
  • Leadership