I wonder what male doctors will say about this. A study gathered data of patients assigned to male and female doctors. Results showed that those handled by female physicians have lower rates of mortality and readmission compared to their male doctor counterparts.
Does this study
mean we can generalize that female doctors perform better than male physicians? Does the gender make all the difference? Well, the results say, most probably.
"Elderly hospitalized patients treated by female internists have lower mortality and readmissions compared with those cared for by male internists. These findings suggest that the differences in practice patterns between male and female physicians, as suggested in previous studies, may have important clinical implications for patient outcomes," according to the study's conclusion.
Researchers analyzed the records in 2011 to 2015 of more than 1.5 million elderly Medicare patients admitted to hospitals for medical reasons, not for surgery.
Within four years, the results say that 11.5 percent of the patients handled by male doctors died within a month of being in the hospital, compared to 11 percent of those treated by female physicians.
The study also showed that 15.5 percent of the patients treated by male doctors returned to the hospital after being discharged for a month, compared to 15 percent of those assessed by female physicians.
Though it seems there's only a small difference in the numbers, experts say this number represents thousands of lives.
"These findings suggest that the differences in practice patterns between male and female physicians, as suggested in previous studies, may have important clinical implications for patient outcomes. Understanding exactly why these differences in care quality and practice patterns exist may provide valuable insights into improving quality of care for all patients, irrespective of who provides their care," researchers said in a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association's JAMA Internal Medicine.
Experts say, if male doctors would follow the same practice that female physicians do, thousands of lives will be saved.
"Previous work has shown that female physicians have a more patient-centered communication style, are more encouraging and reassuring, and have longer visits than male physicians," according to Dr. Anna Parks of the University of California, San Francisco, in a commentary.
Now, let us assume this study isn't sexist, but rather truly significant to improve medical services.