“Implicit bias,” also called “unconscious bias,” refers to associations outside of conscious awareness that adversely affect one’s perception of a person or group. Awareness of implicit bias has been increasing in the realm of diabetes care. Here, the authors highlight several types of unconscious bias on the part of clinicians and patients, including biases based on race, ethnicity, and obesity. They discuss how these biases can negatively affect patient-centered clinical interactions and diabetes care delivery, and they recommend implementation of evidence-based interventions and other health system policy approaches to reduce the potential impact of such biases in health care settings.

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