Acknowledging and mitigating unconscious bias in health care
“Unconscious bias in health care describes associations or attitudes that reflexively alter our perceptions, thereby unintentionally affecting behavior, interactions, and decision-making. Health care organizations need to be actively discussing this subject at the highest level to find gaps and learn where to dedicate resources for improvement, even if it means confronting awkward topics and having uncomfortable conversations. The time has come for organizations to be deliberate in their efforts to improve diversity in their workforce and active in their outreach to improve inclusivity. The problem does not improve if we choose to ignore it, or worse, deny it.”
Brooke Trainer is an anesthesiologist.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “Acknowledging and mitigating unconscious bias in health care.”
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