There has been published literature on the topic of clinician bias and the effects of bias on patient care, however, a review of the literature did not yield any research on the topic of clinician bias towards treating patients injured in motor vehicle accidents (MVA’s). There has been concern about clinicians not preferring to see patients injured in MVA’s however this is only anecdotal. If this topic is to be addressed through quality improvement efforts, there should first be scholarly evidence to support these efforts. This study employed a prospective survey of a convenience sample of clinicians who practice in the urgent care setting to evaluate for evidence of preference or bias in regard to patients injured in MVA’s compared to patients injured by other mechanisms. Non-parametric statistical analysis of the data shows that the participants in this study did not exhibit preference or bias for or against patients injured in MVA’s compared to other mechanisms of injury with the exception of having a dislike for injuries in the pediatric population as a result of an MVA. Further research is needed to explore this finding due to the limited statistical power of this analysis and how it may impact patient care.

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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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Van Roper

Second Committee Member

Jan Martin

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