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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Scholars Capstone Research Spotlight: Fair Care for All

Lahsen Grich, a recent graduate of Ridge View's Scholars Academy for Business and Law, conducted researched based on the question "What effects do clinicians’ implicit biases have on the health care that minority groups, specifically African-Americans, receive in hospital settings?" for his Senior Capstone Research Project. While his primary focus was on implicit biases, attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report, he also researched the historical implications, socioeconomic status, income, education, as well as area of living. The basis of his research was conducting interviews with nurses at local hospitals and asking them to take an implicit bias test in order to compare their opinions and beliefs with their results. The implicit bias test used was designed by Harvard and is accessible for anyone to take by clicking HERE. His findings suggest that nurses downplay the significance of implicit biases in the unequal health for African-Americans and Caucasians despite having a bias towards Caucasians, and the fact that nurses believe that patients have a view of them as different creating a barrier between the patient and the nurse. For more information, you can visit Grich's website by clicking on the image or following him on Twitter at @faircareforall.