Implicit Bias in Healthcare

Studies show that implicit bias around demographics such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, and socioeconomic status cause inequalities in treatment by healthcare professionals. This course will identify how implicit bias affects the perception and treatment decisions of healthcare professionals, how this affects patient health outcomes, and provide solutions for overcoming implicit bias on both personal and systematic levels.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define implicit bias.
  2. List 2 examples of how implicit bias affects healthcare providers and patients.
  3. State 2 strategies for reducing implicit bias.

Curriculum

Chapter 1: What is Implicit Bias?

  • Why Implicit Bias Exists

 Chapter 2: Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare

  • Vulnerable Groups
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
  • Age
  • Disabilities, Mental Illness, and Addiction
  • Socioeconomic Status

Chapter 3: How to Reduce Implicit Bias

  • Become Aware of Your Implicit Biases
  • Educate and Immerse Yourself in Other Cultures
  • Improve Communications and Standards
  • Engage in Meditation and Mindfulness

Chapter 4: References

Price: $10.00

Contact Hour: 1

Course Author

Kaitlin Rosetta

Kaitlin is a graduate of the University of North Texas and has a bachelor's degree in Risk, Insurance and Financial Services. She was a member of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and graduated Cum Laude.

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