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What is Inclusive Healthcare?

Susan Holmes-Walker, PhD, RN

February 18, 2022

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What is inclusive healthcare?  

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Inclusive healthcare means anyone who suffers from a particular condition can come and receive care, and they are welcomed with open arms. Inclusive healthcare requires that healthcare providers understand that patients have unique perspectives, and those perspectives are heard. For example, healthcare providers will recognize that every patient with depression may not present in the same manner and they may not look the same. Therefore, we have to be sure to hear the unique perspectives of each patient who has a particular diagnosis and not group them together, and let our implicit bias or stereotypes impede how we care for patients. 

Inclusive healthcare also means that providers want to make sure that patients feel a sense of belonging, no matter what the condition is and that there are treatment options available.

 

This Ask the Expert is an edited excerpt from the webinar,  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Health Care: It's Not Just Black and White - Mental Health Care, presented by Susan Holmes-Walker, PhD, RN


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Susan Holmes-Walker, PhD, RN

Susan Holmes-Walker, PhD, RN the owner and founder of the Sulan Group LLC, is a registered nurse licensed in the states of Michigan and Florida. Dr. Holmes-Walker has experience as an adult pain clinical nurse specialist, case manager, and risk specialist.

 

Given the current state of the opioid epidemic, Dr. Holmes-Walker’s mission is to share lessons learned from the research literature and clinical practice during her nursing career to provide continuing education to health care professionals. The primary goal of this education is to increase knowledge and understanding of how quality pain assessment leads to improved pain management and can be used as a tool to address the opioid epidemic.


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