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Implicit Bias Awareness

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CE1003 | Contact Hours: 2

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The purpose of this course is to educate health care professionals about implicit bias and how to reduce it from happening in order to improve patient care. After completing this course, you will be able to:

1. Define implicit bias and other important terms.
2. Identify the causes of implicit bias.
3. Identify how to measure implicit bias.
4. Identify how implicit bias effects health care services and outcomes.
5. Identify health disparities and health equities.
6. Identify ways to increase awareness and how to reduce implicit bias.

RELEASE DATE

04/25/2022

EXPIRATION DATE

04/25/2024

AUTHOR

Jason Huxley, BS

CRITERIA FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION

All learners must complete the entire activity and complete the evaluation to receive contact hours.

APPROVAL STATEMENT (ACCREDITATION INFORMATION)

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91).

In addition to states that accept American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) courses, CE Leaders is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Nursing, and a registered provider with the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, District of Columbia Board of Nursing, Georgia Board of Nursing, Kentucky Board of Nursing, New Mexico Board of Nursing, South Carolina Board of Nursing and West Virginia Board of Registered Nurses (Provider # 50-33450).

RELEVANT FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIP

No one with the ability to control content of this activity has a relevant financial relationship with an ineligible company.

INTRODUCTION

Implicit bias was first coined by psychologists Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald in 1995. Banaji and Greenwald contended that social behavior is shaped to a large extent by unconscious associations and judgments (1).

What’s dangerous about implicit bias is that it automatically seeps into a person’s behavior and is outside of the full awareness of that person. Implicit bias can interfere with clinical assessment, decision-making, and provider-patient relationships such that the goals that the provider and patient are seeking are compromised (2).

Because of implicit bias, racial and ethnic minorities and women are subject to less accurate diagnoses, curtailed treatment options, less pain management and worse clinical outcomes. Additionally, Black children are often not treated as children and are not given the same compassion or quality of care that is provided to White children (1).

In this course, we will provide an overview of implicit bias and discuss ways to help health care professionals reduce these biases.

REFERENCES

1. Simply Psychology. Available at https://www.simplypsychology.org/implicit-bias.html. Last accessed on 2/7/22.

2. National Center for Cultural Competence. Available at https://nccc.georgetown.edu/bias/module-3/1.php. Last accessed on 2/7/22.

3. The Decision Lab. Available at https://thedecisionlab.com/reference-guide/philosophy/system-1-and-system-2-thinking/#:~:text=System%201%20thinking%20is%20a,It%20is%20conscious%20and%20logical. Last accessed on 2/15/22.

4. Perception Institute. Available at https://perception.org/research/implicit-bias/. Last accessed on 2/7/22.

5. Very Well Mind. Available at https://www.verywellmind.com/implicit-bias-overview-4178401. Last accessed on 2/15/22.

6. The Joint Commission. Available at https://www.jointcommission.org/resources/news-and-multimedia/newsletters/newsletters/quick-safety/quick-safety-issue-23-implicit-bias-in-health-care/implicit-bias-in-health-care/. Last accessed on 2/16/22.

7. Biz Library. Available at https://www.bizlibrary.com/blog/employee-development/understanding-implicit-bias-in-the-workplace/. Last accessed on 2/16/22.

8. BMC Medical Ethics. Available at https://bmcmedethics.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12910-017-0179-8. Last accessed on 2/17/22.

9. Patient Engagement HIT. Available at https://patientengagementhit.com/news/what-is-implicit-bias-how-does-it-affect-healthcare. Last accessed on 2/16/22.

10. American Psychological Association. Available at https://www.apa.org/monitor/2019/03/ce-corner. Last accessed on 2/16/22.

11. Medical News Today. Available at https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/biases-in-healthcare#racial-groups. Last accessed on 2/17/22.

12. NCCJ. Available at https://www.nccj.org/ableism. Last accessed on 2/17/22.

13. Healthy People. Available at https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/about/foundation-health-measures/Disparities. Last accessed on 2/16/22.

14. Patient Engagement HIT. Available at https://patientengagementhit.com/news/what-is-the-difference-between-health-disparities-equity. Last accessed on 2/16/22.

15. AAFP. Available at https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/implicit_bias.html. Last accessed on 2/17/22.

16. Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Available at http://www.ihi.org/communities/blogs/how-to-reduce-implicit-bias. Last accessed on 2/17/22.

17. HHS.gov. Available at https://thinkculturalhealth.hhs.gov/clas. Last accessed on 2/17/22.

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