Vale-Saquieres_E_Assessment 2_Addressing Bias.docx

Personal bias when focusing on my personal bias i

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Personal Bias When focusing on my personal bias I feel that I tend to have bias towards patients who are chronic drug abusers. Although I am self-aware of my personal bias, I unconsciously pre- judge drug addicts when they come onto my floor because I tend to see their addiction as something they have a choice about vs. a patient who developed a disease due to genetics or other natural forces. Although I am aware of this bias I do see how this affects my levels of care for patients who seem to be drug seekers vs. legitimate patients in pain as I will tend to question narcotic requests far more than my regular patients for fear that they are drug seeking. This of course is a bias I consistently work on to avoid lapses in care for these patients and to ensure that regardless of my personal beliefs of their condition I can create a serene and caring environment for these patients to heal. Reduction Strategies for Personal Bias Independent of my personal bias it is imperative that I can deliver impartial care. As a healthcare professional it is important to be wary of negative evaluations created by perceived bias prior to any patient contact. As the patients point of contact with care it is key to reduce
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ADDRESSING BIAS 4 prejudice while providing care so that care can be holistic. In order to reduce my personal bias with patients who are drug addicts I make a conscious effort to speak with these patients and get to know who they are and what brought them to this circumstance- this way I can see them as humans with hopes, dreams, and flaws just like myself. Although we subconsciously reject
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