About this Research Topic
Implicit association tests, and other tools, are useful in helping public health/healthcare students and professionals mitigate unconscious biases against people owing to their color, ethnicity, body weight, gender, and sexual orientation. Similarly, students and professionals likely need to work to avoid discriminating against older people, children, homeless people, persons of lower socioeconomic status, and even people in other health-related professions. Moreover, the groups against whom we might be prejudiced may expand further depending on the environment in which healthcare is provided. We strive to motivate all persons serving to promote health, including public health administrators, physicians, clinical pharmacologists, pharmacists, and other healthcare team members, to mitigate conscious and unconscious biases against patients and each other throughout their careers. The intentional and daily practice of mindfulness, self-examination, critical reflection, and compassionate behavior should foster this bias mitigation.
Papers addressing these, and related issues are invited for this Research Topic, including those presenting new findings as well as ones reviewing the field more broadly. Works to mitigate unconscious bias in public health/healthcare providers are especially encouraged. Specific themes include but are not limited to;
• Unconscious bias mitigation, compassionate behavior, removing bias from patient-provider interactions, and patient adherence to treatment plans
• Implicit bias and patient selection for clinical trials: consequences for public health
• Use of mindfulness, self-examination, and critical reflection to prevent burnout throughout public health/healthcare providers’ careers: implications for management of treatment plans and interactions among members of healthcare teams including patients and their families
• Health sector policies that address unconscious bias
• How does treatment favor those of higher socioeconomic status?
• How can the humanities help public health/healthcare professionals mitigate their conscious and unconscious biases?
• Does implicit bias against patients influence the placebo effect?
Keywords: public health, critical reflection, compassion, implicit bias, life-long learning
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