Healthcare disparities can affect access to healthcare, treatment, diagnosis, and follow-up care for specific patient populations. Healthcare disparities can include race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and more that affect specific patient populations. The inequality of healthcare has proven to become a burden to the healthcare industry and impact the emergency department workflow and wait times. The healthcare providers issuing the care have the most impact on preventing healthcare disparities. Identifying healthcare providers knowledge of healthcare disparities can lead to acknowledging gaps in care. A questionnaire to identify current knowledge of what healthcare disparities are, those affected, and types of healthcare disparities was generated. A PowerPoint presentation was composed to fill in the gaps of information. A total of twenty participants, nurses and doctors, participated in the study. The first questionnaire revealed most in the study had no prior knowledge of what healthcare disparities were. After presenting a PowerPoint on healthcare disparities and relevant facts, all participants showed an increase knowledge with the post-questionnaire. There is a lack of education in schools when it comes to identifying and dealing with patients prone to healthcare disparities.
Keywords: healthcare, disparities, emergency department, nurses, inequality