HNSE-O1-6. Qualitative Analysis on Implicit Bias Against Patients of Color in Healthcare

Raisa Kabir1
Sayeda Tazim F. Zaida1
Faculty Mentor: Manoj Sharma, Ph.D.1
1School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

People of color (POC) from stigmatized and marginalized communities face implicit bias in healthcare. Implicit biases are unconscious attitudes and internalized discrimination developed through repeated practices based on stereotypes from a foundation of structural discrimination. Implicit bias in clinical settings impacts an individuals’ quality of care and overall health outcomes. The study aimed to characterize and address implicit bias among healthcare professionals toward POC in clinical settings. A literature search in MEDLINE/PubMed, CINAHL, and EBSCO databases was undertaken to include all peer-reviewed studies (2011-2021) about implicit bias toward POC. The original literature search located 121 peer-reviewed articles. Out of those, 20 literature articles met the inclusion criteria. Patients of color disparities are often due to the lack of access to health care/insurance, the quality of care/treatment received, and overall health outcomes. Additional factors include gender, age, mental illness, weight, disability, sexual orientation, AID status, socio-economic status, and social circumstances. Most healthcare providers appear to have an implicit bias in terms of positive attitudes toward Whites and negative attitudes toward POC. Future studies need to employ more rigorous methods to examine the relationship between implicit bias and healthcare outcomes. Interventions targeting implicit attitudes among health care professionals are needed because implicit bias may contribute to health disparities and the overall clinical care of POC. Educational initiatives, reformed policies/practices, and new research are needed. Acknowledging racial/ethnic, cultural, and religious bias in clinical settings minimizes implicit bias and reduces negative health care experiences for POC.


Nov 15 - 19 2021


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HNSE: Podium Session 1
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One Reply to “HNSE-O1-6. Qualitative Analysis on Implicit Bias Against Patients of Color in Healthcare”

  1. How are y’all doing? This was a great and need presentation that you all shared with the viewers today. This presentation was thought through carefully and with concern to bringing awareness to people that may be unfamiliar with the biases that go on within this country. This country is known to have a multitude of biases throughout different entities whether it is the justice system, healthcare system, or systems that are supposed to be created for all but only cater to a specific group of people. Through this presentation you all have identify what the base is, how it inserted into the healthcare fields and what are the repercussions from this happening. Continue to do great work not only within UNLV, but in the community bringing awareness to real-life issues like these.

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