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  • The Bias Diagnosis

  • By: Ivan Beckley
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (157 ratings)

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Ivan Beckley

About the presenter

Ivan Beckley is a final year student doctor at University College London medical school. Alongside his studies, Ivan is an NHS clinical entrepreneur as CEO of Suvera, a healthcare company enabling virtual care for people with long-term conditions in the UK. Whilst at medical school Ivan has worked with a number of health technology companies, including Google DeepMind, working on AI healthcare algorithms. As part of his work, DeepMind sponsored his MSc in health data science, which he completed in 2018.

As recognition of Ivan’s achievements in 2015, he was awarded one of the top 10 black students in the UK by Rare recruitment and No.3 on the list of Top 100 African and Caribbean graduates and undergraduates by Powerful Media. Fundamentally Ivan believes there is no problem too big to solve. He hopes to focus his career on demonstrating the potential for technology to create universal healthcare coverage for all of humanity.

The stories behind the statistics

Avery Smith
  • Avery Smith
Hear Avery talking about his wife Latoya in episode 1: Knowledge
Tobi Adebajo
  • Tobi Adebajo
Tobi talks about pain in episode 2
Colin King
  • Colin King
Colin shares his experiences in episode 3: Thought
Ernestine Ndzi
  • Ernestine Ndzi
Ernestine is one of the women we hear from in episode 4: Birth
Ola Ojewumi
  • Ola Ojewumi
Listen to Ola's story in episode 5: Breathe
  • Avery Smith
  • Hear Avery talking about his wife Latoya in episode 1: Knowledge
  • Tobi Adebajo
  • Tobi talks about pain in episode 2
  • Colin King
  • Colin shares his experiences in episode 3: Thought
  • Ernestine Ndzi
  • Ernestine is one of the women we hear from in episode 4: Birth
  • Ola Ojewumi
  • Listen to Ola's story in episode 5: Breathe

Explore the episodes

Student doctor Ivan Beckley gathers evidence of structural bias in medicine; exploring the foundations of modern medical knowledge, and the way doctors are trained.
Imagine telling someone you’re in pain. How do you know that they believe you? Why is some people’s pain perceived differently to others? And what does that mean for those with chronic and life-threatening illnesses?
Ivan steps into the world of mental health. How much is the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness actually shaped by physical appearance?
Childbirth is a crucial moment, but every labour has a deep history behind it – one that takes us back centuries. Forgetting all that has come before can sometimes be life-threatening. Ivan pieces together the stories of women whose past, present, and future were overlooked in the delivery room.
Ivan considers how big of a role our environment plays in healthcare. Does it affect us all equally? Piecing together the last bits of evidence, he presents the findings of his investigation.

Summary

Five patients, one treatment room, and a broken healthcare system.

Ivan Beckley is about to become a fully-qualified doctor in the UK. But he’s not convinced that healthcare works for everyone equally. 

In this series he uncovers one of the biggest and most insidious injustices in modern medicine. Fixing it could save thousands of lives every year. And yet it’s invisible, unless it directly affects you.

Statistics show that black and people of colour have worse health outcomes, and die more often than white people, across many fields of medicine and variety of illnesses.

Ivan’s search for answers takes him to the roots of modern medicine. He busts myths, debunks stereotypes and calls out misinformation that have existed for centuries and remain sadly very much alive today. 

A Whistledown production for Audible Originals. 

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©2021 Ivan Beckley (P)2021 Audible, Ltd.

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Didn’t Make it Past the First 5 Minutes

The concept is interesting but the delivery is terrible. The author should not always be the narrator. Ivan sounds like he is stuffed up with phlegm and he also has a mild speech impediment that makes this podcast un-Audible. The above combined with his stilted, “reading off a script” delivery is just awful. I’ve deleted it!

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Don't bother

What the author has done is choose examples from black people and completely ignored white people who live in poor areas who have the same medical outcomes.

If you compare people from the same social and economic background then there is no statistical difference in outcomes.

Most reports don't show a breakdown of the economic disparity of white people, therefore the statistics are distorted.

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Eye opening

As someone who is training in the medical field, this has really been eye opening because it made me look again at my biases and those present in my training and question it. One big take away I get from this series is that people from the BME are less likely to voice out their fears and it's upto us to help them find their voice!

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Incredible...I couldn’t believe my ears

This was such a thought provoking podcast and a must listen for anyone in the healthcare profession. I believed myself to be quite clued in when it came to issues around racial inequalities and prejudice in medicine until I listened to this - some of the stories are shocking and we clearly have much more work to do than I originally thought!

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A very important subject, but poorly executed partly due to the inexperience of the authors & their professional claims or lack there of. Authors conflated far too often & made extraordinary extrapolations. Poor critical appraisal of literature, or at very least failed in any attempt to balance views. The international nature was good but no attempt to explain the difference between different healthcare systems and/or developing vs developed healthcare system.

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Eye opener

Eye-opening, at least for me. Be prepared for some shocking facts. Medicine is just one part of the whole system, but so important as it is about people's lives.

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Eye opening, shocking. Really makes you think.

As above. Essential listening. I wouldn't say I had no idea but when you hear people's stories it makes it real.

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Excellent content, important topic of discussion

Background noise is irritating but the content was superb.

I have a better understanding as to why the black community has been hit harder by covid and continue to be cared less effectively for by practitioners.

I would love to listen to a more in depth evaluation on this topic.

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Everyone needs to hear this!

What's shocking is the fact that although there is anecdotal bias, there is also inbuilt systemic bias that even the most educated and well-meaning clinicians aren't aware of. A real eye opener. everyone should listen regardless of your ethnicity. as service users we ALL need to know and understand how susceptible our healthcare is to false and discriminatory data and practice.

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Incredibly important work

This was horrifying. I've known for a long time that women and POC doesn't get the same help as white men. But this was still an eye opener. I actually thought there were subtle differences between "races", I thought some of the reason why POC have highest mortality rates were because medicines doesn't necessarily work the same way. Turns out, it's not. It's solely because they are treated worse.
I've had my share of bad treatment, which has resulted in 7 years of disability so far, and over 20 surgeries. I've often thought how different it would be if I were a man. Statistically, I would probably have been listened to from the start, and been given the necessary antibiotics and gone about my life. However, I am lucky to be white. If I had been a WOC, I would statistically have lost a limb, or even my life.

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