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Subtle racial bias from doctors may affect health care

In the first large study to explore possible unconscious bias among physicians, researchers have found that doctors mirror the attitudes of the majority in society and implicitly favor whites over blacks.

Data from the study were drawn from a sample of more than 400,000 anonymous people who took the race attitude Implicit Association Test online during a 28-month period between 2004 and 2006. More than 2,500 of those test-takers identified themselves as doctors. The race attitude and a variety of other tests that examine various forms of bias are found on the Web site of Project Implicit operated by the University of Washington, University of Virginia and Harvard University.