Unintended Bias in Health Care Strategies for Providing More Equitable Care

Research shows that unintentional bias on the part of physicians can influence the way they treat patients from
certain racial and ethnic groups. Most physicians are unaware that they hold such biases, which can unknowingly
contribute to inequalities in health care delivery. This article explains why a person’s thoughts and behaviors may
not align, and provides strategies for preventing implicit biases from interfering with patient care.

Image of woman walking away gender bias and discrimination sexism

How to Keep Women from Advancing in 4 Easy Steps (And Feel Good About It)

Gender stereotypes are not just descriptive, they are prescriptive. It’s not just how women are, it’s how women are supposed to be. And women who behave out of role are punished for it. —Susan Fiske, PhD I have been thinking a lot about what happened to Hillary Clinton. She has her faults –  I could…

Doctors dealing with patient bias and prejudice

When Patients Are Biased

When Patients are Biased The apparent conflict between patient rights and non-discriminatory policies is complex. However, organizations create an ethical and practical slippery slope when they meet patient demands for providers with specific (clinically irrelevant) characteristics. If a request for a provider with a specific skin tone is honored, must patient requests for a provider…

White picture frame as metaphor for white racial frame on health inequalities

Studying Racial Inequalities from a White Racial Frame

In addition to directing Partners in Equity & Inclusion (diversity & inclusion climate assessment, training, consulting) I am also a researcher studying racial and other inequalities in health care. Given the atrocities around us (and, of course, the unbearable cesspool of the Trump Campaign) it’s been hard to just continue on with the same research…