In this week's News Roundup:
- Unconscious Bias Training Can Ease Crisis in Black Maternal Mortality
- Stigmatizing Language in Medical Records Affects Patient Care
- Discrimination Causes Latinas to Be Less Satisfied with Contraception
- Documentary Explores Desegregation of Healthcare System
We've reported extensively on the dismal maternal mortality rates in the U.S., and the crisis in black maternal mortality in particular. A new piece by NBC News follows the stories of two black mothers who experienced serious complications with their deliveries. Both women felt their medical teams were dismissive and brusque, and that their health problems may have been avoided with better communication. They are among the 32% of black women who feel they’ve been discriminated against in physicians’ offices. Unconscious (or implicit) bias on the part of healthcare providers has very real consequences for patient outcomes. Bias training may not be the complete solution, but it is part of the solution, and should become a standard practice in all medical schools and healthcare organizations.