- PB-AI and Optometry: How Autonomous Technology is Changing the Way Diabetic Retinopathy and Macular Edema are Diagnosed
- PB-Are You Okay? Recognizing Warning Signs of Patient Mental Illness in Optometric Practice
- PB-Basics of Infection Control
- PB-Boxing Out Unconscious Bias: Don't Let Your Unconscious Biases Put People in a Box!
- PB-Can Implicit Bias Affect the Optometric Exam?
- PB-Cultural Competency and Social Determinates of Health for Optometry
- PB-Focus On Vision & Health Promotion For I.D. Athletes
- PB-Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Patient Education in an Optometric Practice - An Interprofessional Approach
- PB-Improving Patient Communication: What Does Culture Have to Do with It?
- PB-Infection Control: Implementation in a Clinical Practice
- PB-Marijuana and Driving: Your Retina and Brain
- PB-Optometry's Role in Reducing Healthcare Disparities
- PB-Population Health The Changing Healthcare System and Why Optometry Needs To Know
- PB-The Opioid Epidemic and Drug Diversion
PB-The Perils of Physician Bias: What It Means and What We Need to Do About It
The U.S. population is projected to become majority non-white in the next 25-30 years and health care disparities continue to persist in many minority populations. As primary health care providers we are taught to understand and be sensitive to the needs and social determinants of health of our patients, but we have spent less time on understanding our own biases, attitudes that can influence our clinical decision making and put our patient's health at risk. There are two types of bias that we are all susceptible to - explicit and implicit biases. Explicit biases are those attitudes or stereotypes about individuals or groups of people that we are aware that we have. Implicit, or unconscious, bias are those attitudes that we don't know that we have nor do we know how they were formed. Research suggests that implicit bias may contribute to health care disparities by shaping physician behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along the lines of race, ethnicity, gender, or other social and cultural identifiers. This course will review the origins of implicit bias, cite research documenting the existence of implicit bias among physicians, and describe studies that demonstrate implicit bias in clinical decision-making. Frameworks and strategies to mitigate bias and a discussion of cultural competence will also be presented.
Ruth Shoge, O.D.
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Changes in coding and reimbursements worth knowing. Meanwhile, with the clock winding down on 2024, the AOA continues to press for Congress to act on reforms that would give doctors of optometry an annual, permanent inflationary Medicare payment tied to the Medicare Economic Index.
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