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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations|
|State||Published - Apr 2022|
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