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Journal Article
Study

Influence of socioeconomic bias on emergency medicine resident decision making and patient care.

Fasano HT, McCarter MSJ, Simonis JM, et al. Simul Healthc. 2020;Epub Jul 11.

This study explored disparities in physician decision making among patients of varying socioeconomic status (SES) during simulated scenarios. While quantitative analyses did not identify a significant relationship between SES and image or medication ordering, patient-perceived empathy, or clinical performance, qualitative analyses identified three themes which may bias decision making – overt diagnostic focus, discharge planning, and risk and exposure.