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Abstract

Patient Experience Journal (PXJ) is excited to announce the call for submissions for its July 2021 special issue on the impact of racial inequality, health disparities, and discrimination on the human experience. The world now finds itself in the grips of a global pandemic that is taking its toll on communities socially and economically, placing strain on healthcare workers and revealing the very systemic weaknesses and inherent biases that have been resting just beneath the surface of our society for years. The challenge of disparity and inequity is not unique to healthcare, but in the era of COVID-19, what many knew to be true has been laid bare for all to see. The July 2020 issue of PX Pulse (https://www.theberylinstitute.org/PXPULSE) further revealed a great imbalance in how experience is perceived dependent on race and gender and highlighted the real experiences of discrimination that people are facing in healthcare today. This special issue will explore the impact of these fundamental challenges on our ability to deliver on experience overall. The issue will look for pieces that address evidence-based efforts at measuring the impact of inequity and disparities, reveal practices that are focused on addressing the challenges inequity and disparity create and share personal stories of the impact these issues have had. Through this special issue, PXJ looks to not only build a foundational collection of knowledge and information that will continue to push the conversation on experience forward but also create a platform for action in addressing this issue that weighs heavily on the heart of healthcare.

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