California: Implicit Bias for Healthcare Providers (341)

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Course Summary—California: Implicit Bias for Healthcare Providers

This course describes the influence of unconscious biases on the delivery of healthcare services in the United States. It describes personal, interpersonal, institutional, structural, and cultural barriers to inclusion and discusses power dynamics and organizational decision-making.

Information is provided about the effects of historical and contemporary exclusion and oppression of minority communities as well as corrective measures to decrease implicit bias in healthcare. The course discusses ways to improve communication across identities, including racial, ethnic, religious, and gender identities.

There is a discussion of health inequities within the perinatal care field, including the impact of implicit bias on maternal and infant health outcomes as well as information about reproductive justice. The course concludes with a discussion of programs and practices designed to remedy the effects of implicit bias in the patient care setting, in healthcare research, and in healthcare organizations.

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Criteria for Successful Completion

Study the course material, achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post test (the post test can be repeated if a learner scores less than 80%), complete the course evaluation, and pay where required. No partial credit will be awarded.

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The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation, or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Target Audience

Nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, licensed vocation nurses, and other health professionals in California.


Learning Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to:

  1. Define implicit and explicit bias.
  2. Relate 5 ways in which the historical impact of structural racism has contributed to implicit bias in healthcare services.
  3. Describe 3 ways in which other forms of historical discrimination have impacted access to healthcare in the United States.
  4. Define reproductive justice.
  5. Describe 3 tests used to evaluate the presence of implicit bias in healthcare.
  6. Discuss 4 ways to improve communication skills to reduce bias in healthcare.
  7. Relate 3 policies designed to remedy the impact of implicit bias in healthcare.
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  • 2.50 Contact hours
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Lauren Robertson, BA, MPT

Approved as a provider by the CA BRN (#CEP15099), CA Board of Physical Therapy, and the CA Board of Occupational Therapy.

Available Credit

  • 2.50 Contact hours


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