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Archive for June, 2010

Rendezvous: It Ain’t Me: Clinician Bias

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Research shows that just talking about clinician bias in the treatment of patients decreases it (1,2,3).  Join us for a one-hour session to learn more:

Free RML Rendezvous webcast, Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Connect at: to view the live presentation.

It Ain’t Me! Promoting Awareness of the Impact of Clinician Bias and Stereotyping on Health Disparities, by Jim Anderson, PA-C, ATC, Harborview Medical Center Neurological Surgery and Clinical Faculty, MEDEX NW, University of Washington School of Medicine

We look forward to seeing you at the webcast! For more information and to test your computer connection, please visit How do I connect to the Rendezvous?

  1. Burgess D, van Ryn M, Crowley‐Matoka M, Malat J. (2006). Understanding the provider contribution to race/ethnicity disparities in pain treatment: insights from dual process models of stereotyping. Pain Med,7(2):119‐134.
  2. Kunda Z, Spencer S. (2003) When do stereotypes come to mind and when do they color judgment? A goal‐based theoretical framework for stereotype activation and application. Psychol Bull. Jul;129(4):522‐544.
  3. Rudman L, Ashmore R, Gary M. (2001) “Unlearning” automatic biases: the malleability of implicit prejudice and stereotypes. J Pers Soc Psychol. Nov, 81(5):856‐868.

QR Codes: They’re Everywhere

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

QR code for this blog

You may be noticing  these peculiar square images in your environment lately. They’re popping up on the Web, on billboards, on business cards, t-shirts. . .  pretty much everywhere.

These squares are called QR (“Quick Response”) codes. QR codes are 2-dimensional barcodes and can be used to represent many different kinds of information, including phone numbers, map locations and text. Often, they represent web addresses. A barcode scanning application on a cameraphone can be used to quickly retrieve the resource behind the code without any tedious thumbing-in of the URL or other data.


NLM Theater Presentations Now Online

Friday, June 4th, 2010

The National Library of Medicine’s Theater Presentations from the recent Medical Library Association meeting are now available online. These presentations, ranging in length from 14 to 27 minutes, provide overviews and updates on a number of NLM databases and services, including PubMed, MedlinePlus,, Health Services Research, and more.

These  recordings and other educational materials are linked from NLM’s Distance Education Program Resources page.