Coaching Patients to Advocate for Themselves Can Offset the Effects of Doctors’ Racial Bias

August 2, 2022


Read time:

5-15 mins
Racial Bias Advocate Doctor Patient
Presented by Health Lab

A new and innovative study from the University of Michigan found that coaching patients to voice their concerns about their medical care and advocate for themselves can offset physicians’ racial bias, so it doesn’t lead to inferior experiences for Black patients. Jennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H., a U-M professor, discusses the study, one of the first to pinpoint a strategy that reduces the racial bias of physicians but also creates more equitable interactions between doctors and patients. Griggs shares how their findings disrupt the idea that nothing can be done about disparities and inequities in healthcare.

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