Module 06 D – Bias in Healthcare
This paper is about ageism and bias. Reflect on your personal perception of older adults (aged 65 and above). Consider it is your first day at a clinical site, and your preceptor tells you that your client is a 76-year-old female. Does that paint a picture of your day? Do you have different expectations about the physical and cognitive abilities of a 76-year-old client than you would for a 46-year-old client? Do you anticipate having to provide more care for a 76-year-old than for a 46-year-old? If the answer to these questions is yes, then you are not alone.
After viewing this video: These Vital Years: A Conversation With Betty Friedan at 76
Please answer the following questions:
- What surprised you the most about Betty? Explain your response.
- Betty talks about her mom being put into a nursing home. Do you feel that ageism (bias based on a person’s age) played a role in the outcome of that admission? Why or why not?
- As an LPN, what can you do to decrease ageism?
- Do you feel that ageism plays a role in health care outcomes? Why or why not?
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