A new study raises a question about the gender of our doctors. The findings show that older patients tend to get better if they are treated by female doctors compared to those who are treated by male professionals.
Public health researchers at Harvard University suggest that elderly patients are less likely to die or be readmitted to the hospital if they were treated by female doctors. To be more specific, patients had 4% lower risk of dying and 5% lower risk of being readmitted within 30 days, if their doctor was a woman. Although the study doesn’t explain why this happens, previous studies have proved that female doctors tend to communicate better with patients, spend more time with them and follow clinical guidelines more often than their male colleagues.
Researchers examined data from more than one million Medicare beneficiaries. The scary conclusion of the study is that if male physicians used the same methods as their female colleagues, the annual deaths of Medicare patients would drop by 32,000.
The study is important since there is a great gender pay gap in medicine. On average, male doctors are paid 8% more than females, regardless of speciality or years of experience. The study also emphasizes the importance of methods used by female physicians.
Gildshire Editor, Elvira Barucija