How to apply this knowledge in the healthcare setting:
Assessing Unconscious Bias
Understanding the underlying biases that manifest in health care settings is critical to addressing the disparities in women’s health outcomes in Wisconsin.
In 2003, The Institute of Medicine concluded that unconscious bias against certain groups may jeopardize the communication or quality of care provided to those patients.
Therefore, in order to mitigate these impacts, health care professionals have an obligation to evaluate the care they provide through exploration of their own implicit biases.
Researchers at Harvard University, The University of Washington, and University of Virginia developed the Implicit Association Test, which is one of the most well known and widely accepted utilities for assessing unconscious bias.