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DOES PHYSICIAN BIAS COMPROMISE CARE? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Big African American men take it on the chin when it comes to bias- people frequently react to them with a preconceived set of notions and prejudices, but bias also permeates our attitude toward children, the elderly, indeed, almost everyone with whom we come in contact. Now a Johns Hopkins study on bias in medical students offers some good news. Julie Frieschlag, study author and chief of surgery, explains.

FREISCHLAG: As with most of the United States because we're a 70% white America these days, they prefer white patients of higher socioeconomic status. However, the most fascinating thing about the article was even though they have these unconscious biases it has not affected them in how they treat patients. They were given eight clinical vignettes where they suggested eight possible therapies and when we changed the patient to either be of a different race or a different socioeconomic status they did not change their treatment. :32

Frieschlag hopes awareness will help everyone confront their own biases and eliminate them. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.

 



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