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Barriers to evidence-based treatment of serious burns: The impact of implicit bias on clinician perceptions of patient adherence

from Journal of Burn Care & Research

The underlying assumption of modern evidence-based practice is that treatment decisions made by health care providers are based solely on the best available scientific data. However, the connection between evidence informed care guidelines, and the provision of care remains ambiguous. In reality a number of contextual and non-clinical factors can also play a role, amongst which is the implicit bias that affects the way in which we approach or treat others based on irrelevant, individual characteristics despite conscious efforts to treat everyone equally. Influenced by the social and demographic characteristics of patients, this bias and its associated perceptions have been shown to affect clinical decision making and access to care across multiple conditions and settings. more

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