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

Tullika Garg, Ali Antar, Jennifer M. Taylor

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-125
Number of pages6
JournalUrologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Urology

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