Available Until 8/17/2024

Strangers to Ourselves: Understanding and Addressing Bias in Prescribing

Presented at ASHP’s 2021 Community Pharmacy and Ambulatory Care Conference 

ACPE Universal Activity Number:0204-0000-21-153-H04-P
Release Date: October 26, 2021
Expiration Date: August 17, 2024
Activity Type: Knowledge-based
CE Credit: 1.5 contact hour(s)
Activity Fee: Free of charge

This activity is a recording of a live webinar and those who claimed credit for the live activity should not also claim credit for this home study activity.

Activity Overview

Excellent, caring, compassionate and technically adept health professionals may unwittingly contribute to biases in healthcare. Hesitancy of patients and clinicians to use statins, mixed messages regarding use of opioids for post-surgical, chronic and cancer pain, and requests for brand-name medications are current examples in which biases often play a role. Pharmacists may feel caught in the middle in these and other situations in which they perceive that clinician and patient biases interfere with high-quality care. This session will provide attendees with better awareness of individual and systems contributions to bias and how awareness has the potential to guide changes that will promote guideline-concordant and compassionate care for those who need it most.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

All pharmacists with roles in community pharmacy and ambulatory care pharmacy practices.

After participating in this CPE activity, participants should be able to:

  •          Define cognitive, affective, and implicit biases in patient care.
  •          List examples of biases in patient care, including those from the perspective of provider, patient, and caregivers.
  •          Describe the impact of bias on prescribing, patient care, outcomes, and suffering.
  •          Discuss personal and organizational strategies to mitigate the effects of bias in healthcare.

Ronald M. Epstein, M.D.
Co-Director, Center for Communication and Disparities Research and Mindful Practice Programs
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Rochester, NY 

Lindsay E. Davis, Pharm.D., ASH-CHC, BCCP, BCPS, TTS
Professor, Midwestern University College of Pharmacy
Glendale, AZ

No one in control of the content of this activity has a relevant financial relationship (RFR) with an ineligible company. 

As defined by the Standards of Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education definition of ineligible company. All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated prior to the CPE activity.

Participants must participate in the entire activity, complete the evaluation and all required components to claim continuing pharmacy education credit online at ASHP eLearning Portal.  Follow the prompts to claim credit and view your statement of credit within 60 days of completing the activity. 

Important Note – ACPE 60 Day Deadline:

Per ACPE requirements, CPE credit must be claimed within 60 days of being earned. To verify that you have completed the required steps and to ensure your credits have been reported to CPE Monitor, check your NABP eProfile account to validate that your credits were transferred successfully before the ACPE 60-day deadline.   After the 60 day deadline, ASHP will no longer be able to award credit for this activity.

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