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Unconscious Bias in Patient Care: Harms and Paths to Healing

While physicians intend to treat all their patients with equal respect and compassion, studies show that favoritism and other implicit attitudes can emerge, especially in times of stress, affecting medical decisions and care quality. Pulmonary and critical care specialist Aaron Baugh, MD, discusses the evidence on how and why bias surfaces in everyday practice and offers simple solutions that benefit not only patients but the providers themselves. Bonus: Get a better understanding of bias self-tests.


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December 12, 2023

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UCSF MedConnection

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Aaron Baugh, MD

Aaron Baugh, MD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Aaron Baugh is a pulmonary and critical care physician at UCSF who focuses on improving the care of asthma and COPD for low-income and racial/ethnic minority individuals.

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