NewsWise: Clinician peer networks remove race and gender bias

NewsWise: Clinician peer networks remove race and gender bias. “Using an experimental design, researchers showed that clinicians who initially exhibited significant race and gender bias in their treatment of a clinical case, could be influenced to change their clinical recommendations to exhibit no bias. ‘We found that by changing the structure of information-sharing networks among clinicians, we could change doctors’ biased perceptions of their patients’ clinical information,’ says [Professor Damon] Centola, who also directs the Network Dynamics Group at the Annenberg School and is a Senior Fellow of Health Economics at the Leonard Davis Institute. ‘Put simply, doctors tend to think differently in networks than they do when they are alone.'”

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