A new studied has proved that female doctors are better than male physicians. A group of researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA conducted a study to reveal whether possible gender distinctions in medical practices may have an impact on the patient’s medical result. These authors were influenced by previous research concerning the same matter.
Other researches suggested that female and male physicians used different medical practices. For example, female doctors tend to comply more to norms, rules, and guidelines compared to their male counterparts. Women are bound to offer preventive care, relying more on patient-centered communication. Nevertheless, despite the proper care they provide, women are underpaid, receiving significantly less money for their jobs.
Some experts explain this pay gap regarding male and female doctors. A team of scientists led by Yusuke Tsugawa analyzed this problem. Yusuke Tsugawa is a research associate in the Department of Health Policy and Management. He decided that to complete the study, they needed an analysis of the patients’ outcomes.
The result of the study was recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine magazine. Experts have examined a 20% sample of Medicare Inpatient and Carrier Files. They have revealed approximately one million beneficiaries being older than 65, who were hospitalized between January 2011 and December 2014.
Researchers have made some associations regarding the sex of the physicians and the mortality rate of the patients. They have also analyzed the patients’ 30-day readmission rate. Tsugawa and his group of researchers have used three regression models to determine positive outcomes. The first model was oriented for patient characteristics; another one was also adjusted for hospital effects, and the last one considered all possible variables in the first two models adding the features of the physicians.
The team of scientists was also bound to examine whether the results of the patients varied based on the initial condition they were hospitalized for, also taking a look at data which established the severity of the illness. Tsugawa and his team revealed that male doctors and female doctors use distinct methods when taking care of their patients. Patients who were treated by female doctors demonstrated to have a decreased 30-day mortality rate than those patients treated by male physicians.
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