Medical student bias and care recommendations for an obese vs non-obese virtual patient.

Title: Medical student bias and care recommendations for an obese vs non-obese virtual patient.

Source: International Journal of Obesity, 2011, 35 (5) p. 728-735.

Follow this link for abstract.

Date of publication: May 2011.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study used an immersive virtual reality environment to look at the effect of a patient’s weight on medical students’ attitudes, beliefs and interpersonal behaviour towards the patient and the clinical recommendations given for care.  Whilst the study revealed biases in attitudes, beliefs and interpersonal behaviour, there was no clear evidence of bias in the clinical recommendations given for patient care.  The authors suggest that a better understanding of the nature and source of weight bias among practitioners may help in the development of strategies to address this issue.

Length of publication: 8 pages.

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

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