Inequitable Care Delivery Toward COVID-19 Positive People of Color and People With Disabilities

Authors: Danbi Lee, PhD, OTD, OTR/L | Paula Kett, PhD, MPH, BSN, IBCL | Selina Mohammed PhD, MPH, RN | Bianca Frogner, PhD | Janice A Sabin, PhD, MSW

Topics: COVID-19, Diversity

Research Center: University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies

May 9, 2023

It is well known that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) as well as people with disabilities experience discrimination and bias in the health care services they receive. Few studies have examined such inequities in healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic, where pandemic-related restrictions and policies compounded existing inequitable care for these populations.

This article examines providers’ observations of inequitable care delivery towards COVID-19 positive patients who are BIPOC and/or have disabilities, and identifies ways the health workforce may be contributing to inequitable care.

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University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies