Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Female DoctorsFebruary 13, 2017
The next time you or a loved is admitted to the hospital, you may want to consider requesting a female doctor. According to new research, patients who are treated by female doctors have better survival rates and are less likely to be hospitalized again after they have received treatment, compared to patients treated by their male counterparts. The study, which focuses on patients 65 or older, is the first of its kind to analyze the difference between male and female physicians, and how these differences impact clinical outcomes.
Researchers from The Harvard School of Public Health looked at data from over one million Medicare patients, age 65 or older, who had been admitted to the hospital between 2011 and 2014. For purposes of the study, researchers look at the mortality rate and the readmission rate within 30 days, comparing the results of patients treated by female doctors to those treated by male doctors.
Study Results at a Glance
Researchers found the following results when comparing the outcomes of patients who were treated by female physicians versus those treated by male physicians:
- Patients who received treatment from a female doctor had a four percent lower risk of passing away within one month.
- Patients of female doctors had a five percent lower risk of needing to be readmitted to the hospital within a month after being discharged.
- Results were consistent across a range of medical conditions.
According to the lead author of the study, the physician’s gender seems to matter most with the sickest patients. From a clinical standpoint, if we can better understand the differences in practice patterns between male and female physicians, we can identify ways to improve outcomes. The researchers involved in the study suggest that if male physicians had the same clinical outcomes as their female colleagues, there would be approximately 32,000 fewer fatalities each year. This is comparable to the number of annual car accident fatalities.
These differing outcomes are likely due to the manner in which female physicians practice medicine compared male physicians. According to the study co-author, there is significant evidence proving that males and females practice medicine differently, and that these differences can have a serious impact on the health and safety of patients. For example, female doctors tend to follow clinical guidelines more closely, and have better communications skills when interacting with patients. As we continue to gain a better understanding of these differences, we can work towards improved patient outcomes.
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