The doctor’s unconscious bias: Keeping it in check

The doctor’s unconscious bias: Keeping it in check

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Many people, even those who claim to be very open-minded, are prone to have prejudgements about other people and situations. This type of prejudice is often triggered without us being aware of it and is what is referred to as the unconscious bias. The impact of unconscious bias can be very significant as it has the power to influence our day-to-day actions and decisions.
31 Aug 2016 - General
I'm guilty of this with patients. Sometimes a patient comes in and I'd have certain prejudice and I avoid this because the prejudice dictates my approach so whenever I catch myself I stop for awhile and change focus. I often wonder if patients notice the shift because it's almost instantaneous. But I'm only human and sometimes I get really consumed by their tardiness, questions, comments and attitude. My conscience really knocks on me when this happens, and I try my best to recov...
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Marinelle Castro "Being an overthinker doesn't help either." There is such thing as paralysis by analysis and we cannot afford that too inside the hospital. Rapid, firm judgment is necessary when handling patient's lives, especially for your surgical field. It is possible to really work within professional boundaries for colleagues that we are not comfortable with on a personal level. I am also ...
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I must admit that there are times that I'm quite guilty of making rapid judgments. Whenever I'm in the hospital, I live in a very fast-paced life and in order to compensate, I tend to make quick judgments. Being an overthinker doesn't help either. Although I never refused to work with a colleague or see any patient because of my biased thinking. For those colleagues that I don't personally like working with, I keep distance, but I do what needs to be done. We are all healthcare p...
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Healthcare professionals have to make decisions with utmost objectivity, even with co-workers. We must always remember that the main goal is to give quality medical service to a patient. Personal differences should not be a barrier to achieving this goal. We really don't have to like someone to be able to work at a professional level with a person. Moreover, it will be unfair to refuse working with a colleague if it will benefit the patient because there is an aversion towards working with h...
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