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Study: Residents frequently experience biased patient behaviors

Residency Program Insider, January 14, 2021

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A recent study published in JAMA Network Open found that 98% of residents have experienced or witnessed biased behavior at least once from patients in the past year.

For the study, researchers surveyed 232 internal medicine residents at three academic medical centers in California and North Carolina. Many respondents reported experiencing belittling comments (38%), questions about their credentials or abilities (34%), assertive inquiries into racial/ethnic origins (33%), and generalizations about social identity (30%) from patients at least once a month.

Sexual harassment was also experienced at least once a year by 60% of respondents. Sexual harassment was more common for residents who identified as women, Black or Latinx, and Asian (87%, 76%, and 61%, respectively). Most female residents (96%) also reported experiencing role-questioning behaviors from patients at least once within the past year, compared to 42% of their male counterparts.  

Source: JAMA Network Open
 



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