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Assessment of bias in patient safety reporting systems categorized by physician gender, race and ethnicity, and faculty rank: a qualitative study.

Burton É, Flores B, Jerome B, et al. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(5):e2213234.

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June 1, 2022

Burton É, Flores B, Jerome B, et al. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(5):e2213234.

Disruptive clinician behavior is a recognized patient safety concern. This study used reports submitted to the internal patient safety reporting system to explore potential implicit bias in the types and severity of reports filed against physicians. Results showed women and minoritized physicians were disproportionately reported for low-severity issues such as communication, while men and white physicians were more likely to be reported for the highest severity level. Findings suggest a lower threshold for submitting reports against women and minoritized physicians which may be due to implicit bias.