In a recent study, a team of Harvard University researchers have found that elderly patients treated by female physicians are less likely to die within 30 days of admission, or to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge, than those cared for by male physicians. The team analyzed data from more than a million Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 years or older.
The study was published online in JAMA Internal Medicine, which indicated potential differences in practice patterns between male and female physicians may have important clinical implications. The gender of the physician appears to be particularly significant for the sickest patients.
It is believed that if the male physicians could achieve the same outcomes as their female colleagues, there would be 32,000 fewer deaths each year! Read the full article here.