How to Identify, Understand, and Unlearn Implicit Bias in Patient Care

Article in the American Academy of Family Physicians' FPM journal
  • Implicit bias is the unconscious collection of stereotypes and attitudes that we develop toward certain groups of people, which can affect our patient relationships and care decisions.

  • You can overcome implicit bias by first discovering your blind spots and then actively working to dismiss stereotypes and attitudes that affect your interactions.

  • While individual action is helpful, organizations and institutions must also work to eliminate systemic problems.

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