Special Issue "Implicit Bias Mitigation in Healthcare Professional Education: Implications for Life-Long Learning"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.
Interests: developmental origins of health and disease; environmentally-induced epigenetic modifications and human health; cultural diversity and bias mitigation; relationship-centered teaching and care; interprofessional education and public health
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Interests: health and well-being; interpersonal communication; reflective practice
Interests: bias mitigation; cultural diversity; interprofessional education; public health; immune responses in host defense; autoimmunity
Implicit bias remains a nearly intractable problem in the US and elsewhere. Healthcare professionals hold negative attitudes toward many categories of people (often unconsciously), including those of color and different ethnicities, and discriminate against them. Such biases adversely affect the treatment of patients and their adherence to treatment plans leading to poorer outcomes of their care. Methods to foster implicit bias mitigation and compassionate behavior could, however, be used to train all healthcare professional students. This andragogy would improve public health in general and the health of those against whom we discriminate in particular. To do so, however, requires cultural changes in healthcare professional education. Efforts to mitigate implicit bias through reflection on behavior, such as service to the community, both within and outside of their practices, should continue throughout providers’ careers.
Many tools, such as implicit association tests, can be used to help students and practitioners mitigate unconscious biases not only against people of color and different ethnicities, but also toward other groups experiencing discrimination for their gender, body weight, and sexual orientation. This list can be expanded further to include children, older people, homeless people, those of lower socioeconomic status, and even other healthcare professionals. Thus, the groups of people against whom there is prejudice, and a need to mitigate such bias, expand depending on the circumstances of healthcare delivery. Our goal is to motivate healthcare professionals to mitigate conscious and unconscious biases against patients and other healthcare professions throughout their careers. This mitigation should occur daily through mindfulness, self-examination, critical reflection, and compassionate behavior.
Papers addressing these and related issues are invited for this Special Issue, including those presenting new findings as well as ones reviewing the field more broadly. Works to mitigate unconscious bias in healthcare professions are especially encouraged. Specific themes include but are not limited to the following:
- Fostering compassionate behavior in healthcare profession education
- Determining how healthcare professionals can mitigate their unconscious biases against patients and other healthcare professions
- Use of healthcare practitioners’ reflective capacity and critical reflection to foster empathy and prevent burnout throughout their careers
- Work in interprofessional teams to provide relationship-centered teaching and care
- Examining whether humanities help us mitigate our implicit biases
Prof. Lon Jeffrey Van Winkle
Dr. Shane L. Rogers
Dr. Nicole M. Michels
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Healthcare professions education
- Implicit bias
- Life-long learning
- Medical education
- Critical reflection
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Understanding Racial Bias in Healthcare Students' Placements: A Narrative Review of the Role of Implicit Bias, Relevant Theories and Potential Interventions
Authors: Judith Johnson; et al.
Affiliations: School of Psychology, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS29JT, UK; et al.