Race/ethnicity and workplace discrimination: Results of a national survey of physicians

Marcella Nunez-Smith, Nanlesta Pilgrim, Matthew Wynia, Mayur M. Desai, Beth A. Jones, Cedric Bright, Harlan M. Krumholz, Elizabeth H. Bradley

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Background: Promoting racial/ethnic diversity within the physician workforce is a national priority. However, the extent of racial/ethnic discrimination reported by physicians from diverse backgrounds in today's health-care workplace is unknown. Objective: To determine the prevalence of physician experiences of perceived racial/ethnic discrimination at work and to explore physician views about race and discussions regarding race/ethnicity in the workplace. Design: Cross-sectional, national survey conducted in 2006-2007. Participants: Practicing physicians (total n=529) from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds in the United States. Measurements and main results: We examined physicians' experience of racial/ethnic discrimination over their career course, their experience of discrimination in their current work setting, and their views about race/ethnicity and discrimination at work. The proportion of physicians who reported that they had experienced racial/ethnic discrimination "sometimes, often, or very often" during their medical career was substantial among non-majority physicians (71% of black physicians, 45% of Asian physicians, 63% of "other" race physicians, and 27% of Hispanic/Latino(a) physicians, compared with 7% of white physicians, all p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1198-1204
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of General Internal Medicine
Volume24
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2009

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Physicians
Racism
Hispanic Americans
Surveys and Questionnaires
Cross-Sectional Studies
Delivery of Health Care

Keywords

  • Discrimination
  • Health-care workers
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Workforce

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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Nunez-Smith, M., Pilgrim, N., Wynia, M., Desai, M. M., Jones, B. A., Bright, C., ... Bradley, E. H. (2009). Race/ethnicity and workplace discrimination: Results of a national survey of physicians. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 24(11), 1198-1204. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-009-1103-9

Race/ethnicity and workplace discrimination : Results of a national survey of physicians. / Nunez-Smith, Marcella; Pilgrim, Nanlesta; Wynia, Matthew; Desai, Mayur M.; Jones, Beth A.; Bright, Cedric; Krumholz, Harlan M.; Bradley, Elizabeth H.

In: Journal of General Internal Medicine, Vol. 24, No. 11, 11.2009, p. 1198-1204.

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Nunez-Smith, M, Pilgrim, N, Wynia, M, Desai, MM, Jones, BA, Bright, C, Krumholz, HM & Bradley, EH 2009, 'Race/ethnicity and workplace discrimination: Results of a national survey of physicians', Journal of General Internal Medicine, vol. 24, no. 11, pp. 1198-1204. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-009-1103-9
Nunez-Smith, Marcella ; Pilgrim, Nanlesta ; Wynia, Matthew ; Desai, Mayur M. ; Jones, Beth A. ; Bright, Cedric ; Krumholz, Harlan M. ; Bradley, Elizabeth H. / Race/ethnicity and workplace discrimination : Results of a national survey of physicians. In: Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2009 ; Vol. 24, No. 11. pp. 1198-1204.
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