Study participants believe investigators are conducting their research to promote the public good and scientific advancement. But leaving trial data unpublished creates its own kind of bias, possibly harming the public.
If plaintiffs allege they received poor care in an emergency department (ED) because of their race, there is plenty of potentially admissible research that demonstrates it is indeed possible. People of Black or Latin American descent coming to the ED with cardiac symptoms were less likely to be admitted to specialized cardiology units than white patients, according to the authors of a study.
Many clinical calculators use race as a predictive variable to assess risk for outcomes. Although most of the tools assume a genetic disposition for these outcomes, other factors, such as health disparities and other potential confounders, are more likely to be the underlying reasons for any race-related differences in outcomes.
It is not hard to imagine patients suspecting racial bias if they experience a rushed exam, long delays, or poor communication in the emergency department. Race is much more likely to become an issue if a provider behaves disrespectfully toward the patient.
If plaintiffs allege they received poor care in an emergency department because of their race, it is important for the defense to consider evidence in the literature that the plaintiff attorney could use against the defendant.
Researchers studied a population of young adult women at risk of sexually transmitted infections and HIV. They hypothesized that women with higher positive affective bias to sexual stimuli would report higher sexual risk behaviors. But the opposite proved to be true.
Healthcare professionals often are unaware of their own gender, racial, cultural, or religious biases, which can play a role in inequity and disparate outcomes. Read on to learn about a popular assessment surgery center leaders can use to help raise awareness.
Surgeons and other healthcare professionals carry biases they might not acknowledge, which can contribute to racial disparities. Numerous studies in recent years highlighted differences between black and white surgery patients. Investigators have researched different surgeries as well as patients’ outcomes and access. They all came to the same conclusion: Black patients fare worse.