Review article: Implicit bias towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients within Australian emergency departments

Alyssa Quigley, Jennie Hutton, Georgina Phillips, Darlene Dreise, Toni Mason, Gail Garvey, Yin Paradies

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    Abstract

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to suffer adverse experiences in healthcare, with inequitable care prevalent in emergency settings. Individual, institutional and systemic factors play a significant part in these persisting healthcare disparities, with biases remaining entrenched in healthcare institutions. This includes implicit racial bias which can result in stereotyping of racial minorities and premature diagnostic closure. Furthermore, it may contribute to distrust of medical professionals resulting in higher rates of leave events and hinder racial minorities from seeking care or following treatment recommendations. The aim of this review is to analyse the effect of implicit bias on patient outcomes in the ED in international literature and explore how these studies correlate to an Australian context.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)9-18
    Number of pages10
    JournalEMA - Emergency Medicine Australasia
    Volume33
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

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