Having a Woman Doctor Reduces Risk
According to a new study, older patients treated by women doctors are less likely to die after being in the hospital than those treated by male physicians. The study showed patients with female physicians have a 4 percent lower risk of dying within 30 days of being hospitalized and a 5 percent lower risk of being readmitted to the hospital within a month of their discharge than patients with male doctors.
Other research has suggested that male and female physicians practice medicine differently, and this recent study shows those differences can matter to patient outcomes. Women doctors are more likely than male physicians to follow clinical guidelines and provide preventive care. They also communicate with patients more effectively.
For the study, researchers examined information from hospitalizations of about 1.5 million people over the age of 65. These patients were treated by about 60,000 physicians—20,000 women doctors and 40,000 male doctors. Results of the study strongly contest the speculation that women doctors may provide inferior care due to additional responsibilities in the home.
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