This site is intended for Healthcare professionals only.
×

Female doctors better than male doctors: Harvard Study

Female doctors better than male doctors: Harvard Study

Patients treated by female physicians had significantly lower mortality rates as well as readmission rates compared with those cared for by male physicians within the same hospital

Female physicians perform better than their male counterparts, a recent Harvard based study has suggested.

Uysuke Tsugawa, MD, MPH, from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, and colleagues recently published a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. The research concluded that patients treated by female physicians had significantly lower mortality rates as well as readmission rates compared with those cared for by male physicians within the same hospital.

The researches analyzed a 20% random sample of Medicare  beneficiaries aged 65 years or older, hospitalized with a medical condition and treated by general internists from January 1, 2011, to December 31, 2014 for the purpose of the study. The association between physician sex and 30-day mortality and readmission rates, adjusted for patient and physician characteristics and hospital fixed effects (effectively comparing female and male physicians within the same hospital) were then examined.

A total of 15,83,028 hospitalizations were used for analyses of 30-day mortality and 15,40, 797 were used for analyses of readmission. Patients treated by female physicians had lower 30-day mortality and lower 30-day readmissions than patients cared for by male physicians, after accounting for potential confounders. Differences persisted across 8 common medical conditions and across patients’ severity of illness.

The researchers highlighted that this may point to the fact that differences in practice patterns between male and female physicians, as suggested in previous studies, may have important clinical implications for patient outcomes.

The researchers then concluded 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, reported the study.

You can read the full article by clicking on the following link:

http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2593255

Source: with inputs
5 comment(s) on Female doctors better than male doctors: Harvard Study

Share your Opinion Disclaimer

Sort by: Newest | Oldest | Most Voted
  1. Male physician needs interoception and learn from female physician

  2. user
    Dr Naveen Srivastava December 23, 2016, 8:13 am

    Great news.next we needs are more studies between black and white , western vs Indian ……….. so on & on.Any comparison of any two entities if statistically significant will yield a result .that concludes everything .It is a good study but does it mean I being a maledoctor is not good enough as compared to my female counterpart.Are we proving that if so then let us conclude so and move on.this is not personal but was this the aim of the study.
    I don\’t know when these comparison which just brings chauvinism from either side and It has never helped anyone but just add to people taking a dig at each other as one will observe when comments pour in .
    No issues. Please continue .I am not here to conclude anything .I am happy doing my job properly and I know many of my colleagues irrespective of their sex caste religion or creed do very good work sometimes even better but not on any basis but because of the people they are.

  3. user
    Lakshmi Sundararajan December 23, 2016, 6:09 am

    Nice to see it in black and white!

  4. user
    Dr(Brig) Anil Pandit December 22, 2016, 5:26 pm

    Empathy, Sympathy, Compassion, Commitment & better communication are the reasons.