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Implicit Bias in Healthcare

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 517 reviews

Course Summary

Implicit bias in healthcare has been described as a fragmented area of research and there is an evolving area of medical and educational approaches to train physicians and nurses on how to recognize, reflect and change implicit bias to avoid harm to patients. In the United States and worldwide, there is a growing awareness of bias in healthcare and of improved approaches to manage it with specific individuals and with whole populations. By increasing awareness of implicit bias in a safe and supportive learning environment, health clinicians can learn and practice making conscious efforts to change by developing new approaches to understanding diversity in the patient population, avoiding patterns of preferential treatment and disregard of a patient based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation or other characteristics. Available tools, such as the Implicit Association Test (IAT) helps health clinicians to recognize implicit bias and to begin the task of change.

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Course Syllabus

I.    Introduction

II.    Implicit Bias: A Common Phenomenon

      Detecting and Measuring Implicit Bias

III.    Healthcare Settings and Workplace Conditions

1. Work Conditions
2. Implicit Bias and Surgical Nurses
3. Implicit Bias and Oncologists

IV.         Race

      American Indians

V.         Children

VI.         LGBT+

VII.         Obesity

VIII.         Consequences of Bias

IX.         Reducing Implicit Bias in Healthcare

1. Non-threatening Learning
2. Situational Awareness and Mindfulness
3. Implicit Association Test (IAT)
4. Habit Replacement
5. Skill-based Programs
6. Joint Commission Recommendations
7. Institute for Healthcare Improvement
8. Group Discussions

X.    Case Study: Implicit Bias Based on Race


XI.    Summary


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