Unconscious Bias in Healthcare: How You May Be Harming Your Patient

Author(s): Latonya Brumfield

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP C 1.00

Expires Dec 31, 2025

Topics: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Unconscious bias (UB) is known to play a role in the numerous health disparities in the United States. Although its impact is challenging to measure, most agree that UB is pervasive and permeates every aspect of healthcare. However, there are strategies that can help mitigate the impact of bias on health equity. Join this session to gain foundational knowledge on UB and how to combat UB with strategies such as introspection, mindfulness, perspective taking, diversity training and mentorship.


  • Define key terms for understanding a discussion on unconscious bias.
  • Describe the impact of bias on patient outcomes and how it contributes to health inequity.
  • Comprehend how to minimize the impact of personal biases on the care of their patients.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


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