The British Association of Dermatologists must include BAME representation in resources

The British Association of Dermatologists must include BAME representation in resources

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This is a call for the British Association of Dermatology to work to create resources and teaching material that are inclusive of representation of the presentation and manifestation of skin conditions in people from black and minority ethnic(BAME) backgrounds.

There is currently a call to the GMC in the form of another petition for all medical schools to have inclusive and ethnically diverse course material and case presentations.
In order to support medical schools with this , we call on the association to work to help in the creation of such course material and resources in order to enrich the medical school curriculum of Dermatology.
We also call on the association to have inclusive resources and representation of BAME patients within their own database of case presentations of dermatological skin conditions.

Currently, many case presentations of common, rare, serious and life threatening dermatological conditions include pictures of how such conditions present on white skin. In addition many descriptors used for clinical presentation, such as : erythematous, red(rubor), flushing, pale(pallor)or even pearly which may apply to how such conditions present on white skin do not typically apply to BAME people. In this way ,patients from BAME backgrounds are not well represented in the literature , the clinicians who have a duty of care to them are left in a position where they do not have the full knowledge of how these conditions manifest in BAME patients , thus creating a disparity in healthcare received by BAME patients.

The importance of this inclusions is to allow for disparities in healthcare that are faced by patients of BAME background to begin to be resolved. These interventions will prove life- saving for patients from these communities. For example, a dermatological survey for GPs carried out by M.Lyman et al (2017) concluded that there was clear increased misdiagnosis of melanoma in black patients compared to white in primary care. In such cases ,such mis-diagnosis can prove life threatening for BAME patients and shows a clear need for greater representation in the training and teaching of dermatology in regards to pigmented skin.
Commoner dermatological conditions are also in need of such inclusion when teaching as this once again , allows for clinicians to be better equipped to treat and diagnose BAME patients to the same high quality.

The critical need for such inclusion within teaching resources as well as inclusion in pictorial databases is important not only for correct and early diagnosis of skin conditions for BAME patients but also the enhancement of patient centred care. As clinicians it is essential we are well equipped and well taught on the conditions that we will face and all the patients we are to serve.

It would be a great disservice to continue not to include and represent BAME patients in all resources, all databases, and all general case presentations of dermatological conditions. The participation of the British Association of Dermatology will be beneficial in tackling the disparity of care that results from inequality of care received by patients from BAME backgrounds.
This is a call for a conscious effort from the association to help with the diversification of the medicine curriculum in order to allow for all patients to receive the same high quality of care and for clinicians to be better equipped in delivering that care.

 

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