According to Medicare data analysis, "elderly hospital patients seen by female internists were less likely to die or be readmitted in the short run than those treated by male physicians."
The results of a study approved by the Harvard Medical School Institutional review Board and published in JAMA today show "the advantages associated with female physicians persisted across eight common medical conditions and across patients' severity of illness".
"There is evidence in the primary care setting suggesting that, compared with male physicians, female physicians are more likely to practice evidence-based medicine, perform as well or better on standardized examinations, and provide more patient-centered care. Patients of female primary care physicians also experience fewer emergency department visits compared with patients of male primary care physicians."
What do you think female doctors do differently than male doctors?
Do you have a preference for the gender of your physician(s)? If so, what is this preference based on?
For more about this study, please go to:
Comparison of Hospital Mortality and Readmission Rates for Medicare Patients Treated by Male vs Female Physicians