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Journal Article

Implicit bias in healthcare: clinical practice, research and decision making.

Gopal DP, Chetty U, O'Donnell P, et al. Future Healthc J. 2021;8(1):40-48.

Provider implicit bias can impact patient safety through clinical misdiagnosis, pain management, and poor patient outcomes. This literature review sought to define implicit bias and identify the impact on clinical practice and research. The authors found that no effective debiasing strategies seem to currently exist. A December 2020 WebM&M commentary discusses how implicit bias can contribute to poor communication between healthcare teams.