Getting to the Root of Disparities: Social Cognition and the Affective Domain

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2016 Oct 1;47(10):443-445. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20160920-04.


Bias, prejudice, cultural insensitivity, and eroding levels of empathy all affect the health and well being of patients and families and manifest or accelerate social disparities of health. For caregivers, educational offerings and activities targeting the affective domain can positively influence the development of greater empathy and improved social cognition. As difficult as it is to develop effective teaching methods for this domain, new strides in virtual reality technology and new research on implicit bias can provide the professional development educator with options in designing educational offerings that can help. J Contin Educ Nurs. 2016;47(10):443-445.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Caregivers / education*
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Empathy*
  • Female
  • Health Personnel / education*
  • Health Personnel / psychology*
  • Healthcare Disparities*
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prejudice*