Moving Beyond Detection: Charting a Path to Eliminate Health Care Disparities in Otolaryngology

Sarah N. Bowe, Uchechukwu C. Megwalu, Regan W. Bergmark, Karthik Balakrishnan

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Abstract

The coronavirus pandemic has illuminated long-standing inequities in America’s health care system and societal structure. While numerous studies have identified health care disparities within our specialty, few have progressed beyond detection. Otolaryngologists have the opportunity and the responsibility to act. Within this article, leaders from otolaryngology share their experience and perspective on health care disparities, including (1) a discussion of disparities in otolaryngology, (2) a summary of health care system design and incentives, (3) an overview of implicit bias, and (4) practical recommendations for providers to advance their awareness of health care disparities and the actions to mitigate them. While the path forward can be daunting, it should not be a deterrent. Throughout the course of this article, numerous resources are provided to support these efforts. To move ahead, our specialty needs to advance our level of understanding and develop, implement, and disseminate successful interventions toward the goal of eliminating health care disparities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1013-1021
Number of pages9
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Volume166
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • access
  • bias
  • discrimination
  • disparities
  • health care
  • organization
  • otolaryngology
  • quality
  • society
  • system

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