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What is Bias In Healthcare?



Interview with Christie VanHorne, CEO of CVH Consulting


Christie VanHorne discusses the issues with bias in health care, how it affects women’s health care, and the root causes. Learn about how women aren’t trusted to know about their bodies, and also, how women were excluded from studies for decades.


Bias in Health Care


  • Women or those from marginalized groups are treated differently.

  • They suffer from stigma or stereotypes that could leave them misdiagnosed or not trusted to understand what’s going on with their own bodies

  • If misdiagnosis were a disease it would be the third leading cause of death behind cancer and heart disease.


Maya Dusenbery - Trust Gap


  • Society, in general, doesn’t trust/believe women, and it translates into health care for women.

  • Women are twice as likely to have a false diagnosis of depression or anxiety as men.

  • They’re more likely to be seen as a complainer or a worrier, even hysterical.

  • The stereotype of it’s ‘all in our heads’

  • The perception that women having pain is normal leads to women being ignored.

  • Endometriosis impacts 1 in 10 women, yet it takes 13 years for women to be diagnosed with endometriosis because distrusting medical professionals associate complaints of certain symptoms of endometriosis with the menstrual cycle instead.


Maya Dusenbery - Knowledge Gap


  • The medical community knows less about women’s health overall than they do men’s health.

  • In the 1970s medical ethics began to address the risks of medical research. Women were excluded for ‘their own good’ and for their hypothetical fetus. Menstrual cycles would complicate the results, so women were excluded.

  • 1977 - FDA prohibited women of childbearing age from clinical research. Wasn’t reversed until the 1990s.

  • 1993 - Health Revitalization Act states that women and people of color would have to start being included in clinical research.

  • It wasn’t until 2016 where the NIH(National Institute of Health) required female mice and animals to be included in preclinical research.

  • These practices caused massive gaps in medical knowledge in women’s health.

  • Women are 75 percent more likely to have an adverse drug reaction as a result of this.


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