How unconscious biases affect your interactions with patients and colleagues
It turns out we don’t think anywhere near as well as we like to think we think. This revelation can be challenging for medical professionals, whose job it is to solve problems systematically and logically. Unconscious biases are preferences that inform our judgements, behaviours and decisions. Unconscious bias is typically automatic, based on stereotypes, and is triggered by our mind making quick judgements about people and events. Biases are influenced by our cultural, social and personal experiences. Research shows that these biases have a significant impact on decision-making, sometimes resulting in erroneous and harmful assumptions. Unconscious bias is particularly problematic when it conflicts with, and therefore undermines, our conscious commitments to equity, gender equality and anti-racism.