Ohio professors examine physician bias and stigma toward individuals who misuse opioids


Ohio University professors Berkeley Franz, Ph.D., and Lindsay Dhanani, Ph.D., have continued their research examining how psychology and public health intersect, this time analyzing the effects of physician bias and stigma toward people who misuse opioids.    

“One of the biggest barriers to enacting effective services for opioid abuse in our region is bias among some health care professionals and the negative connotations that surround opioid misuse,” said Franz, assistant professor of community-based health at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Ralph S. Licklider, D.O., Endowed Faculty Fellow in Population Health Science.