Diversity among health care leaders in Canada: a cross-sectional study of perceived gender and race.

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From: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal(Vol. 194, Issue 10)
Publisher: CMA Impact Inc.
Document Type: Report
Length: 5,356 words
Lexile Measure: 1870L

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Background: Diverse health care leadership teams may improve health care experiences and outcomes for patients. We sought to explore the race and gender of hospital and health ministry executives in Canada and compare their diversity with that of the populations they serve. Methods: This cross-sectional study included leaders of Canada's largest hospitals and all provincial and territorial health ministries. We included individuals listed on institutional websites as part of the leadership team if a name and photo were available. Six reviewers coded and analyzed the perceived race and gender of leaders, in duplicate. We compared the proportion of racialized health care leaders with the race demographics of the general population from the 2016 Canadian Census. Results: We included 3056 leaders from 135 institutions, with reviewer concordance on gender for 3022 leaders and on race for 2946 leaders. Reviewers perceived 37 (47.4%) of 78 health ministry leaders as women, and fewer than 5 ( Interpretation: In a study of more than 3000 health care leaders in Canada, gender parity was present, but racialized executives were substantially underrepresented. This work should prompt health care institutions to increase racial diversity in leadership.

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