Professionalism: Microaggression in the healthcare setting

Odinakachukwu Ehie, Iyabo Muse, La Misha Hill, Alexandra Bastien

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Purpose of reviewMicroaggressions are daily commonplace, subtle behaviors and attitudes toward others that arise from conscious or unconscious bias. Not only can microaggressions affect one's access to power, resources, and opportunity, but they could also contribute to the persistent disparities faced by marginalized groups among healthcare professionals as well as patients.Recent findingsPhysicians, especially those in perioperative specialties, commonly have distress during their medical training. Workplace mistreatment, such as discrimination, has been commonly reported by residents across multiple specialties. Microaggressions also impact patient care as they can influence decisions of medical professionals toward a person or group of people.SummaryThis review offers education on the correlation of microaggression and unconscious bias to health disparities, provides tools to address microaggressions as a bystander, and outlines processes for institutional improvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-136
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2021


  • bystander training
  • health disparities
  • microaggression
  • professionalism
  • unconscious bias

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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