Female Doctors Are Good For Elderly Patients’ Health


A recent study has found out that female patients may be better for older patients’ health than the male doctors as the patients tend to fare well when treated by the female physicians.

After the study, the researchers at Harvard University found out that elderly patients when treated by female doctors were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital or die within 30 days in comparison to the male doctors. Although the researchers found a pattern, the study offered no explanation for why it was so.

However, prior studied have shown that female doctors tend to spend more time with their patients and communicate with them on a better level than their male counterpart.

The findings of the study could raise a question on the gender pay gap between male and female in the United States and how the nation could improve the quality of healthcare by employing more female physicians.

Commenting on the findings of the study, senior author and a professor of health policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dr. Ashish Jha said, “We need to understand why these differences exist … and figure out how to translate it to the broader population of physicians.”

In order to reach the findings, the researchers evaluated the data of more than one million Medicare beneficiaries. The study also stated that if the male doctors achieved the same effect as the their female counterparts on the patients then the annual deaths of Medicare patients could decrease by almost 32,000 annually.

The study also stated that although the female physicians achieved better results with patients, they were still paid considerably less than the male doctors. The study found out that male doctors received at least 8 percent more on an average than the female doctors, regardless of their years of experience and speciality of their field

The findings of the study were published in the JAMA Internal Medicine.

Source: scientificamerican