Avoiding Unintended Bias: Strategies for Providing More Equitable Health Care

Minn Med. 2016 Mar-Apr;99(2):40-3, 46.


Research shows that unintentional bias on the part of physicians can influence the way they treat patients from certain racial and ethnic groups. Most physicians are unaware that they hold such biases, which can unknowingly contribute to inequalities in health care delivery. This article explains why a person's thoughts and behaviors may not align, and provides strategies for preventing implicit biases from interfering with patient care.

MeSH terms

  • Awareness
  • Communication
  • Health Equity*
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Healthcare Disparities*
  • Humans
  • Minnesota
  • Physician's Role
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • Racism*
  • Stereotyping