Diversity-sensitive measures in German hospitals - attitudes, implementation, and barriers according to administration managers

Erdsiek F, Aksakal T, Mader M, Idris M, Yilmaz-Aslan Y, Razum O, Brzoska P (2022)
BMC Health Services Research 22(1): 689.

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Erdsiek, Fabian; Aksakal, Tugba; Mader, MariaUniBi ; Idris, Munzir; Yilmaz-Aslan, YüceUniBi; Razum, OliverUniBi; Brzoska, Patrick
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BACKGROUND: Populations have varying needs and expectations concerning health care that result from diversity characteristics such asa migrant background, gender identity, disability, and age. These needs and expectations must be considered to ensure adequate utilization and quality of health services. Approaches to address diversity do exist, however, little is known about the extent to whichthey are implemented by health care facilities. The present study aims to examine, which measures and structures hospitals in Germany employ to address diversity, as well as which barriers they encounter in doing so.; METHODS: A mixed-mode survey among administration managers of all registered German hospitals (excluding rehabilitation hospitals; n=1125) was conducted between May and October 2019 using pen-and-paper and online questionnaires. Results were analyzed descriptively.; RESULTS: Data from n=112 hospitals were available. While 57.1% of hospitals addressed diversity in their mission statement and 59.9% included diversity considerations in quality management, dedicated working groups and diversity commissioners were less prevalent (15.2% each). The majority of hospitals offered multi-lingual admission and exit interviews (59.8%), treatments or therapies (57.1%), but only few had multi-lingual meal plans (12.5%) and seminars or presentations (11.6%). While 41.1% of the hospitals offered treatment and/or nursing exclusively by staff of the same sex, only 17.0% offered group therapies for both sexes separately. According to the managers, the main barriers were a lack of financial resources (54.5%), a lack of incentives from the funding providers (49.1%), and organizational difficulties (45.5%). Other reported barriers were a lack of conviction of the necessity among decision makers (28.6%) and a lack of motivation among staff members (19.6%).; CONCLUSIONS: Administration managers from only a small proportion of hospitalsparticipated in our survey on diversity sensitivity. Even hospitals ofthose who did are currently not adequately addressing the diversity of staff members and patients. Most hospitals address diversity on an ideational level, practical measures are not widely implemented. Existing measures suggest that most hospitals have no overarching concept to address diversity in a broader sense. The main reported barriers relate to economic aspects, a lack of support in organizing and implementing corresponding measures and a lack of awareness or motivation. © 2022. The Author(s).
Erscheinungsjahr
2022
Zeitschriftentitel
BMC Health Services Research
Band
22
Ausgabe
1
Art.-Nr.
689
eISSN
1472-6963
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https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2963692

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Erdsiek F, Aksakal T, Mader M, et al. Diversity-sensitive measures in German hospitals - attitudes, implementation, and barriers according to administration managers. BMC Health Services Research . 2022;22(1): 689.
Erdsiek, F., Aksakal, T., Mader, M., Idris, M., Yilmaz-Aslan, Y., Razum, O., & Brzoska, P. (2022). Diversity-sensitive measures in German hospitals - attitudes, implementation, and barriers according to administration managers. BMC Health Services Research , 22(1), 689. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-022-08058-3
Erdsiek, F., Aksakal, T., Mader, M., Idris, M., Yilmaz-Aslan, Y., Razum, O., and Brzoska, P. (2022). Diversity-sensitive measures in German hospitals - attitudes, implementation, and barriers according to administration managers. BMC Health Services Research 22:689.
Erdsiek, F., et al., 2022. Diversity-sensitive measures in German hospitals - attitudes, implementation, and barriers according to administration managers. BMC Health Services Research , 22(1): 689.
F. Erdsiek, et al., “Diversity-sensitive measures in German hospitals - attitudes, implementation, and barriers according to administration managers”, BMC Health Services Research , vol. 22, 2022, : 689.
Erdsiek, F., Aksakal, T., Mader, M., Idris, M., Yilmaz-Aslan, Y., Razum, O., Brzoska, P.: Diversity-sensitive measures in German hospitals - attitudes, implementation, and barriers according to administration managers. BMC Health Services Research . 22, : 689 (2022).
Erdsiek, Fabian, Aksakal, Tugba, Mader, Maria, Idris, Munzir, Yilmaz-Aslan, Yüce, Razum, Oliver, and Brzoska, Patrick. “Diversity-sensitive measures in German hospitals - attitudes, implementation, and barriers according to administration managers”. BMC Health Services Research 22.1 (2022): 689.

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