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Patient's Voice in CME: Episode 5 -- A Look at Healthcare Disparities #3

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  1. An excerpt taken from the Beryl Institute’s Paper, The Impact of Bias on Health Equity and the Human Experience, describes a patient who stated, "My provider was unwilling to address my medical needs and the symptoms I was having and instead focused on my physical size. My doctor said, 'You need to lose weight,' and I’m like, 'What does my weight have to do with my symptoms of a strep throat?'" Various forms of disability bias can affect the way clinicians manage patients with disability. Some of these decisions may be based on misconceptions. Which of the following is a misconception that can affect care delivery and access for patients with disability?
    Patients with disability are equally competent to patients who are nondisabled
    Patients with disability have adapted to their condition, so there is no need to treat aggressively
    Patients with disability can present with visible and nonvisible disabilities
    Patients with disability have lives that are similar in many ways to patients who are nondisabled
  2. You are a member of the healthcare team tasked to begin new patient paperwork for an individual waiting in the exam room. You enter the room and notice the patient is in a wheelchair and is accompanied by another adult who is standing. What is the best course of action to take with this patient?
    While standing, begin the new patient history
    Speak to the adult accompanying the patient to get an accurate history
    Push the patient in the wheelchair to an area in the room where you feel more comfortable
    Maintain eye level contact by taking a seat and facing the patient to begin the new patient history