Nidhi Prakash, Buzzfeed News
March 22, 2020
Nidhi Prakash discusses the potential for implicit bias in doctors’ decisions over access to COVID-19 tests. The article follows a group of doctors in Virginia requesting that the CDC and WHO release information on the demographics of test access.
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Finding out who’s had access to tests so far would mean “we’re able to correct our disparities or biases as health care providers,” said Dr. Leigh-Ann Webb, an emergency room doctor at UVA.
Hilton added that doctors have to rely on a lot of diagnostics that can be quite subjective to decide whether someone should get a test or not — feeling exhausted, having a sore throat — rather than measurable objective factors. That, she said, makes the whole process more vulnerable to the implicit biases that every patient and medical professional carry around with them.