Female doctors provide better treatment than male counterparts: study finds

Female doctors provide better treatment than male counterparts: study finds

Female physicians are better than their male counterparts at treating patients in hospitals and keeping them healthy for a long term, according to a new research.

Harvard researchers analyzed a random sample of Medicare patients hospitalized and treated by general internists from Jan. 2011 through Dec. 2014. A scrutiny of over 1.5 million hospitalizations, the researchers discovered that those treated by male doctors had higher mortality rate.

The researchers found that 11.49 per cent of those who were treated by male doctors died within a month of getting treatment, while the mortality rate for those who were treated by female doctors was found to be significantly lower, at 10.82 per cent.

Lead author Dr. Yusuke Tsugawa, a research associate at Harvard University’s school of public health, said, “Understanding characteristics that are somehow associated with higher quality of care, and lower cost, is important in this era.”

Patients normally consider gender before choosing a doctor for getting treatment. But the first-of-its-kind study suggests that female doctors are more effective for patients of all identities.

The researchers reported their intriguing suggestion in a recent edition of the JAMA Internal Medicine.

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