Criminal Background Checks and Drug Testing in Health Workforce Employment: Implications for Health Equity?


Background checks are intended to prevent harms to clients and businesses and ensure a quality workforce, but they may also exclude qualified workers. This study examined why and how background checks are used; the broad variation of laws, regulations and policies that govern them; evidence relevant to their use and potential misuse; and ways to use background checks to help ensure patient/client safety while supporting health workforce development.
Lead Researcher: Susan M. Skillman, MS
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Authors Title Type Date Documents/Media
Dunlap B, Basye A, Skillman SM. Background Checks and the Health Workforce: Practices, Policies and Equity PUBLICATION 11-01-2021
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