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Some Future Doctors Have an Obesity Bias
“Bias can affect clinical care and the doctor–patient relationship, and even a patient’s willingness or desire to go see the physician, so it is crucial that we try to deal with any bias during medical school,” said David Miller, MD, associate professor of internal medicine and lead author of the study.
“Previous research has shown that on average, physicians have a strong anti-fat bias similar to that of the general population. Doctors are more likely to assume that obese individuals won’t follow treatment plans, and they are less likely to respect obese patients than average weight patients,” Miller said.
Miller and colleagues conducted the study as part of their efforts to update the medical school’s curriculum on obesity and reinforce the school’s focus on training in compassionate patient care.
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