Health inequity is not a historical accident. Rather, it is a result of policies and practices structured and maintained over time.
In the first of a two-part theme, the February issue of AMA Journal of Ethics® (@JournalofEthics) focuses specifically on racial and ethnic inequity in morbidity, mortality and access to services that are endemic to American life. It also gives you an opportunity to earn CME credit.
- Judgmentalism applied to patients from poor and marginalized communities exacerbates health inequity and illuminates the importance of contextualizing a patient’s care.
- Patients’ cultural, religious and social norms deserve respect, but some decisions’ effects on patients’ outcomes can be unjust and ethically troubling.
- Limited language proficiency is a driver of health inequity and exacerbates other social determinants of health.
“How Should Physicians and Pharmacists Collaborate to Motivate Health Equity in Underserved Communities?”
- Physicians and pharmacists play key roles in addressing social determinants of health and health inequity.
In the journal’s February podcast, Paris Adkins-Jackson, PhD, MPH, proposes how to measure racism in academic health centers as one way to rebuild trust with marginalized communities.
Adkins-Jackson is a multidisciplinary health researcher who uses mixed data to model multilevel assessments of racism at the Community, Access, Recruitment and Engagement Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.
These AMA Journal of Ethics CME modules are each designated by the AMA for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™:
- Advancing Health Equity by Avoiding Judgmentalism and Contextualizing Care.
- Health Inequity and Tent Court Injustice.
- Should Clinical Guidelines Incorporate Cost Pathways for Persons With Financial Hardship?
- How Should Clinicians Respond to Language Barriers That Exacerbate Health Inequity?
- Addressing Systemic Health Inequities Involving Undocumented Youth in the United States.
- How Ancestral Trauma Informs Patients' Health Decision Making.
- How Should Physicians and Pharmacists Collaborate to Motivate Health Equity in Underserved Communities?
- How to Measure Racism in Academic Health Centers.
- Health Inequity From the Founding of the Freedmen's Bureau to COVID-19.
Additionally, the CME module, “Ethics Talk: Measuring Racism in Academic Health Centers,” is designated by the AMA for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
The offering is part of the AMA Ed Hub™, an online learning platform that brings together high-quality CME, maintenance of certification, and educational content—in one place—with relevant learning activities, automated credit tracking and reporting for some states and specialty boards.
The journal’s editorial focus is on commentaries and articles that offer practical advice and insights for medical students and physicians. Submit a manuscript for publication. The journal also invites original photographs, graphics, cartoons, drawings and paintings that explore the ethical dimensions of health or health care.
Upcoming issues of the AMA Journal of Ethics will focus on part two of racial and health equity in the U.S. as well as compassionate uses of force. Sign up to receive email alerts when new issues are published.
Essential Tools & Resources
Read AMA policies on health equity
Explore health equity on JAMA Network™️
Read the latest on health equity from AMA Journal of Ethics®️
Learn more about health disparities on AMA Ed Hub™️
COVID-19 Q&A: health equity in pandemic
Release the Pressure: Heart health equity with Essence