Workplace discrimination is receiving increased attention within healthcare; however, most interventions focus on racial/ethnic and sexual and gender identities. Discrimination based on religious identity remains understudied. While Muslim Americans comprise more than 5% of the physician workforce, the ongoing sociopolitical climate of Islamophobia negatively affects Muslim physician experiences in the workforce. Minority physicians’ experiences with workplace discrimination adversely impacts their personal career trajectories and health, as well as the workplace climate. Thus, our projects investigate not only the experiences of Muslim clinicians but the wider context of accommodation, diversity and inclusion and the social implications.
Among 264 participants (Muslim doctors)
- Believe they have been passed over for professional advancement because of their religion
- Patients have refused my care because of my religious identity
- Left a job due to discrimination at workplace
- Experience religious discrimination at their current workplace
- Able to shed light on how over the past 10 years, an increased number of Muslim physicians have been experiencing religious discrimination, job turnover, and having patients refuse care.
- A more diverse Muslim physician sample experiencing more discrimination
- Diversity & Inclusion programming must extend beyond focus on race/ethnicity/sexual orientation
- Need more research focused on religious identity in minority physician populations
and time based-analysis of changes over
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