Implicit Bias

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recommends educating physicians about implicit bias and strategies to address it to support culturally-appropriate, patient-centered care and reduce health disparities.

Implicit bias, defined as, ‘the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner,’ is a contributing factor to health disparities. Family physicians should make efforts to explore their own implicit biases to identify unconscious decisions and actions that may negatively affect the communities they serve. (2018 July BOD)