The US Census Bureau anticipates a dramatic shift in US demographics throughout the 21st century. Whereas Hispanics, Asians, African Americans, and American Indians accounted for only approximately one-third of the US population in 2000, by 2050 they will represent almost half.1,2 Soon the majority of US citizens will have pigmented skin, referred to as skin of color. These individuals will have backgrounds such as African American, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, and Native Indian and Pacific Islander; they will also include individuals with parents from these groups. The national and regional demographic changes, along with international population shifts, underscore the importance of and demand for clinicians with a thorough understanding of skin of color.
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