Chapter 6 – Disability

6.0 Disability

Camilla Curren MD


In this chapter, we will look at the bias against people with disability.

black and white picture of handicapped marker in parking lot
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Learning Objectives

By the time you successfully explore this chapter, you will be able to
  • Identify bias in people with disability in the medical community in interprofessional relationships
  • Identify bias in physician-patient relationships with regards to people with disability
  • Describe techniques to neutralize the effects of bias in disability or ameliorate its severity
  • Describe the negative effects of bias in people with disability and discrimination when it is not recognized or addressed based on the perspectives of the interviewees


Prior to reading the Disability Chapter, you will be asked to take a self-test.

  1. Read the Preliminary Information and disclaimer, then click on “I wish to proceed” to take the test.  Click to complete the Disability-IAT located in Harvard University’s Project Implicit website.
  2. After taking the test, read the next section to read perspectives on bias against people with disability.
  3. You will then have the opportunity to complete a knowledge check to see if you gained a heightened understanding of bias against people who have a disability.
  4. Use this opportunity to learn more about conscious and unconscious bias in health care, to retake the IAT test(s) and to reflect on how you can apply what you’ve learned.



Perspectives on Bias in Medicine Copyright © 2018 by Camilla Curren MD. All Rights Reserved.