Fighting the Subconscious Biases that Lead to Health Care Disparities

(from the January 2016 ACP Hospitalist)

Physicians work to identify and respond to their own biases.

By Mollie Durkin

Growing up in rural Alabama at a time of segregated waiting rooms and physicians who refused to touch black patients, Ron Wyatt, MD, MHA, ACP Member, saw health care disparities firsthand. “And frankly, I had never met a black physician,” he said.

Dr. Wyatt recalled a close family member—a poor, mostly illiterate man in his 60s—who died in the hospital of a ruptured appendix without being seen by a physician. Although black patients may be treated better now, he said, disparities in care insidiously persist.

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