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A Fix for Gender Bias in Health Care?

Nurse Talking with Senior Patient Medical Worker

Citing examples related to blood clot prevention, researchers at Johns Hopkins applied a checklist to help eliminate gender disparities in care. The Hopkins checklist is a computerized decision support tool which is triggered whenever a patient is admitted into their facility. The screener asks about specific risks for blood clots, or for bleeding from blood thinning medication. Then the system recommends treatment. By skirting human assumptions that may have prevented access to appropriate care, the John Hopkins team found that gender disparities for blood clot treatment disappeared. Read a summary fo the study at the New York Times.