'Attorneys of the poor': Training physicians to tackle health inequalities.

FitzPatrick, Michael Eb, Badu-Boateng, Charles, Huntley, Christopher and Morgan, Caitlin (2021) 'Attorneys of the poor': Training physicians to tackle health inequalities. Future healthcare journal, 8 (1). pp. 12-18. ISSN 2514-6645.

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The stellar gains in life expectancy and health over the past century have been accompanied by an increase in societal and health inequalities. This health gap between the most and least fortunate in our society is widening, driven by complex social determinants of health, as well as healthcare systems themselves. Physicians are not just well-qualified and well-placed to act as advocates for change, but have a moral duty to do so: to stand by silently is to be complicit. Following a workshop on health inequalities and medical training at the Royal College of Physicians Trainees Committee, we sought to examine how health inequalities could be addressed through changes to the medical education system. We discuss the arguments for reform in recruitment to medicine, and changes to undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education in order to equip the profession to deliver meaningful improvements in health inequalities. We propose a population health credential as a mechanism by which specialists can gain additional skills to take on leadership roles addressing health inequalities, allowing them to support colleagues in public health and bring in specialty-specific knowledge and experience.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: W Public health. Health statistics. Occupational health. Health education
WA Patients. Primary care. Medical profession. Forensic medicine
Divisions: Clinical Support
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Depositing User: Mrs Yolande Brookes
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2021 15:33
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2021 15:33
URI: http://www.repository.uhblibrary.co.uk/id/eprint/4185

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