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Survey: Physicians’ biases against patients’ personal characteristics affect treatment

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A Medscape survey of physicians found that many admitted to being biased against some of their patients because of the patients’ personal characteristics to the extent that it affected their treatment of those patients. To read the survey, please hit this link.

The top reported biases were linked to:

  • Language differences.
  • Patients’ emotional problems.
  • Their obesity.
  • Their low intelligence.
  • Their lack of insurance coverage.
  • Their physical unattractiveness.
  • Their low income.
  • Their race different from the physician.
  • Their ¬†age.
  • Their gender different from the physician.


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