A recent American study that was conducted of older patients hospitalized for usual illnesses has shown a slight difference between the likelihood of a patient to survive after being treated by women versus men.
The study was published on Dec. 19 in JAMA Internal Medicine and approved by the Harvard Medical School Institutional Review Board.
When looking at patients who died within 30 days of entering a hospital, 11 per cent of patients were treated by women and 11.5 per cent were treated by men.
Although these numbers show a very slight difference, the research team behind this study — all men — have estimated that there would be about 32, 000 fewer deaths each year in the U.S. if male doctors conducted their duties as physicians at the same level as female doctors.
“As a male physician, I have a stake in this,” said study’s lead author Dr. Ashish Jha.
Dr. Jha has said that the results of this study does not mean that patients should avoid male doctors altogether. In regards to the results, Dr. Jha explains that women doctors exhibit certain traits that might lead to better care. Research has shown that women doctors are more likely than men to follow treatment guidelines, communicate more with their patients, and initiate preventive care treatments. The research has also shown that patients treated by women doctors are less likely to be readmitted to the hospital within the first month after being discharged.