Implicit Bias and Healthcare

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Implicit bias is defined as the lack of awareness of your own potential unconscious biases. It is been noted that healthcare providers may not be aware of their actions and may suggest that these biases are active when providing care to patients (Marcelin, Siraj, Victor, Kotadia & Maldonado, 2019).

Patients from under represented groups in the United States can experience the effects of unintentional cognitive (unconscious) biases that is derived from cultural stereotypes in ways that perpetuate health inequities. Unconscious or implicit bias can also affect healthcare professionals in a variety ways, including interactions between patient-clinician, hiring and promotion, and their own professional interactions with other healthcare professionals (Marcelin et al., 2019). To be continued…

Marcelin, J. R., Siraj, D. S., Victor, R., Kotadia, S., & Maldonado, Y. A. (2019). The Impact of Unconscious Bias in Healthcare: How to Recognize and Mitigate It. The Journal of infectious diseases, 220(Supplement_2), S62-S73. Retrieved from

Published by Dr. Marilyn Crosby, PhD, MBA, MSN RN

I am an registered nurse with a variety of nursing experience in many areas of healthcare, including critical care, research, program management, quality, and complementary care. I have a passion for "all things related to health & wellness" and want to share pertinent information. Stay Well!

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