In healthcare, implicit bias can have significant ethical, legal, and social impacts in patient care and hiring practices. Unconscious biases and assumptions about others can affect the judgement, decisions, and behavior of healthcare practitioners. Healthcare leaders are realizing that implicit bias can not only hurt individuals and teams but also be a detriment to organizational culture and performance. Worse yet, the presence of biases is impacting patient outcomes and contributing to inequities in health access.
In this online micro-course, Addressing Implicit Bias in Healthcare, you will explore implicit bias and its effects and learn strategies for identifying, assessing, and mitigating implicit bias. You will examine different types of bias and how biased thinking occurs at personal, interpersonal, institutional, cultural, and structural levels. You will also examine your own biases and discover tools for assessing bias in your organization. Finally, you will learn strategies for mitigating implicit bias in the delivery of healthcare.
Within this micro-course, simulated interactive dialogues give you the opportunity to test your understanding of key concepts. These simulations put you in the role of advisor to colleagues confronting implicit bias. You will also create an implicit bias audit and action plan that you can utilize in your current role to identify implicit bias within your healthcare organization and develop a plan to address that bias.