This lecture can be applied toward the 8 C.E. credits required for the NCMIC 5% discount.
Women, people of color, religious minorities, disabled, members of the LGBTQ communities, individuals with weight status challenges, socioeconomically depressed, elders, ethnic and racial minorities, among others receive inferior health care as compared to white males. It is also reported a woman who suffers a heart attack and requires EMS services can expect the ambulance to arrive later than if the patient were a white male. Furthermore, this segment of the population is receiving lower quality healthcare than white men even when their health insurance and ability to pay are the same.
And while there are a few reasons these disparities exist to include institutionalized healthcare services and patient perceptions, the IOM reports that there is evidence that it is a result of doctor stereotyping, prejudice and cognitive bias.
Nobel Laureate, Daniel Kahneman, Ph.D. reports in his award-winning research found there are clear reasons professionals demonstrate these attitudes and that an awareness and conscious effort to address them can make a difference in their clinical behavior.