FHS Researchers study gender equity in planning development and management of human resources for health

​​​​Gender equity remains a challenge across various labor markets with the health market being no exception. Despite the increased influx of women into health professions, horizontal and vertical occupational gender inequities persist.In this context, researchers from the Health Management and Policy Department (HMPD) at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) of the American University of Beirut (AUB) and Purdue Universi​ty​ conducted a scoping review​ on "Gender equity in planning, development and management of human resources for health​."

The objective of this study is to map the studies on gender equity in healthcare systems in terms of workforce planning, development, and management, as well as to identify the barriers and facilitators for integrating gender equity into healthcare systems. The researches reviewed the literature on the topic using nine electronic and two grey literature databases with the search strategy combining medical subheadings and keywords for each of the following four concepts of interest: “gender equity,” “human resources for health,” “healthcare setting,” and “management processes.”

The scoping review included studies focusing on the examination of gender equity at the level of the health workforce. Out of 20,242 studies identified through the database search, the full text of 367 articles was assessed for eligibility and 110 were included in the qualitative analysis. The data of those studies was abstracted and analyzed into themes.