Leaders discuss ways to address structural inequities that pose a risk to safety
Health disparities based on race, ethnicity, disability, gender, sexual orientation and more are often the result of inequities inherent in long-standing organizational policies, procedures and norms. Patient Safety Beat talked with four experts from Massachusetts who offer thoughts on how to address these structural biases, improve outcomes and, in the end, advance safety for all.
What actions do you suggest leaders and organizations take to address structural inequities in health care safety?
“The risk-taking doesn't happen without the leader of the meeting giving everyone permission to speak up. Someone — a leader — needs to send a signal that breaks the ice and makes it okay to say what you have on your mind and to be present within the context of your culture and your ethnicity.”
— Deborah Washington, R.N., Ph.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital