How Does Implicit Bias Affect Health Care?

Anurag Gupta, MPhil, JD, founder and CEO of Be More America

 

Learning Objectives: At the end of this activity, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the implications of implicit bias for interpersonal interactions, organizational dynamics, and health care costs.
  • Give one example of the impact of bias on patients.

Description: Implicit bias is an unconscious pattern of thought that can disadvantage people of color and people from other marginalized groups. How does it affect health care?

In this video, Anurag Gupta, founder and CEO of Be More America, an organization that trains health care providers on how to overcome bias, explains the impact of implicit bias in health care — on interpersonal interactions, organizational dynamics, and health care costs.

Discussion Questions:

  1. People of color receive lower doses of pain medication because of implicit bias. Can you think of other examples of different groups being treated differently in the health care system?
  2. Has someone ever made an assumption about you based on how you look? Was it correct or incorrect? How did it make you feel?
  3. Gupta mentions the high cost of implicit bias in health care. Do you think cost is the most important reason to address this problem? Why or why not?
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