What Does A Doctor Do When He Does Not Like A Patient?
I think there’s a better answer, and that is to (1) use the scientific method, including an adequately sized and random sample, to (2) look at what doctors actually do, rather than what they say. The fact is, all humans are saddled with unconscious (aka implicit) cognitive biases - doctors included. So the first thing we need to do is consider all the ways doctors can unconsciously “not like” a patient. Misdiagnosis is 47% more likely to occur if patient is perceived as "difficult". These were misdiagnoses made from reading about the patients' symptoms and behaviors. In other words, simply reading about a patient who is fractious or pushes back is enough to get clinicians emotionally hooked and cognitively derailed. “there is evidence that doctors hold stereotypes based on patients' race that can influence their clinical decisions. Implicit bias refers to unconscious racial stereotypes that grow from our personal and cultural experiences. These implicit beliefs may also stem from a lack of day-to-day interracial and intercultural interactions. Although explicit race bias is rare among physicians, an unconscious preference for whites as compared with blacks is commonly revea Continue reading >>