Women doctors may be better at treating patients: researchers say

Women doctors may be better at treating patients: researchers say

A study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine made an intriguing suggestion that female doctors may be better than their male counterparts at treating patients and keeping them healthy in the long-term.

A team of researchers at Harvard examined a random sample of Medicare patients who were hospitalized from January 2011 through December 2014 and treated by general internists. After a profound scrutiny of more than 1.5 million hospitalizations, they found that 10.82 per cent of those who were treated by female doctors died within a month of their hospitalization.

Among those who were treated by male doctors, the 30-day mortality rate was found at 11.49 per cent. The researchers concluded that those patients who saw a female doctor were less likely to die.

Study co-author Ashish Jha, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, said, “Women physicians are more likely to do evidence-based medicine, and follow clinical guidelines. They are more likely to communicate in a way patients report is more effective.”

The researchers also concluded that women doctors are better than their male counterparts at communicating with patients and following rules in terms of how to practice medicine.

There is a long-held notion that patients often consider gender while choosing a doctor. But, this is the first time that a study has suggested that female doctors may be more effective for patients of all identities.


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