Objective and Motivation

Healthcare bias – based on patients’ race, gender, sexual orientation – and other factors lead to health disparities, such as lack of appropriate treatment and inadequate pain support. We are investigating a new approach to address hidden healthcare bias by improving patient-doctor communication in primary care. Technology offers an opportunity to design new approaches that can make hidden bias more visible and thus addressable.

This 5-year project, funded by the National Library of Medicine (NLMR01LM013301), is a collaboration between the University of Washington and the University of California San Diego. Our ultimate goal is to create tools to support patients and the next generation of doctors to have bias-free interactions that promote healthcare access, quality, and equity.

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Have you ever felt unheard, misunderstood, or disregarded when speaking with your doctor? We are engaging Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ and/or Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals to participate in 2-hour virtual workshops to explore solutions that empower patients experiencing healthcare discrimination.


For compensation, you will receive a $60 VISA cash card (upon completion of the virtual workshop and survey).


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Read the description of the UnBIASED project's motivation, goals, approach, and what we're up to.


See the amazing work our team members have produced associated with this project.