RESEARCH ARTICLE: To what extent does a pharmacy curriculum foster diversity and inclusion through paper-based case scenarios?
Keywords:Diversity, Health equity, Higher education, Inclusion, Pharmacy education
Background: There is increasing awareness of diversity and inclusion needs within health and education systems to help address access and equity issues for minority groups. Although these calls are well known, there is little guidance for those working within these systems to create meaningful change. The purpose of this study was to critically review case-based teaching material within the authors' programmes through the lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Methods: A document analysis of clinical workshop cases extracted from all integrated therapeutics courses administered in 2020 was conducted.
Results: Sex, age, and employment status were most commonly presented in cases (84.0%, 97.1%, 49.0% respectively). The majority (90.0%) of cases did not have ethnicity defined. The overwhelming majority of cases did not have living situation (68.3%) or sexual orientation (78.0%) defined.
Conclusion: Case-based teaching material within a pharmacy programme was largely undefined according to patient demographics and diversity markers. Findings support the notion that teaching material may have a contributory role towards systemic racism, prejudice, and implicit bias.
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