The Opioid Crisis: Will Unconscious Bias Prevent Patients from Receiving Pain Meds?

Unconscious Bias

Our webinar on February 21, 2018 discussed unconscious bias using case studies of sickle cell disease patients in a vaso-occlusive crisis to view the opioid crisis and The Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act, particularly when a patient presents in pain. Will unconscious bias, or institutional or public health concerns, pressure the physician to avoid prescribing opioids? What does your institution do to educate practicing physicians and students to be aware of their own unconscious biases?

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The MMI offers an opportunity to see if prospective medical students exhibit unconscious bias when greeting patients in a simulated scenario.

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