Overall health is a result of the interactions between a complex set of social, economic, cultural, educational, and healthcare-related variables. To properly care for a wide range of patients, emergency department clinicians must understand how these variables affect our individual patients, our practices, and the communities we serve.
Differences in outcomes and responses to treatment in diverse populations often have been attributed to biological factors. However, standardized treatment can tell a divergent story, one in which parameters, such as geographic location and financial status, play a significant role in how a person responds. This underscores the importance of a diverse study population in clinical trials, researchers say.
Because normative messages affecting diversity and inclusion are conveyed by the application of a bandage and its color, healers are called to offer and employ newly available adhesive bandages in a multitude of skin tones.