NEW ORLEANS — Unconscious biases remain pervasive in everyday interactions between health care providers and patients and lead to worse outcomes for racial and gender minority populations, but several concrete actions can reduce or neutralize such tendencies, Quinn Capers IV, MD, FACC, FSCAI, said during a keynote at the CHEST Annual Meeting.
“You are all good people; I am a good person,” Capers, associate dean for admissions at Ohio State University College of Medicine, said here. “But it is likely that, at some point, I have discriminated against others. It is so important that we treat people fairly, but in our field — medicine — it is critically important. Health care disparities still embarrass our nation’s health care system. We can easily override our implicit biases.”
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