Implicit bias has been demonstrated as pervasive among health care professionals and having harmful effects on patient health. However, formal medical education and training is often void of curriculum that provides a framework for identifying and reducing implicit biases in clinical practice.
Faculty that seek to incorporate the topic often face barriers, such as a limited number of subject matter experts that can provide instruction, lack of opportunities where participants can observe and demonstrate mitigation strategies in practice, and lack of opportunities to engage with patients who can share experiences of encountering implicit bias in clinical settings.
The new Implicit Bias Training Guide promotes awareness of implicit bias among the entire health care team and provides resources for instructing health care professionals on how to reduce its negative effects on patients.
A Facilitator’s Guide provides an overview of what implicit bias is and how it operates, specifically in the health care setting.
A Participant’s Guide allows learners to follow along with activities that include self-assessments, case study examples, small group discussions and the development of a post training implementation plan.
The videos below feature patients who have experienced implicit bias while interacting with their health care providers.
The EveryONE Project Implicit Bias Training Guide has been developed with primary care physicians and their practice teams in mind, but can be used by all health care professionals and administrators, especially those who provide care to patients at greater risk of exposure to implicit biases.
Participants are eligible for CME through the AAFP Credit System starting summer 2020.
Contact the AAFP Center for Diversity and Health Equity Director for more information.