27 Jul BizWomen: Patients of women doctors have lower in-hospital death rates, study finds
A new study suggests being treated by a woman doctor can mean lower mortality for hospital patients.
That’s according to a new Canadian study recently published in JAMA, which determined the difference in patient mortality rates between men and women physicians, though small, “could not be explained based on imaging tests, CT scans, ultrasound, things like that,” said lead author Anjali Sergeant, per UPI.
Women doctors ordered more diagnostic imaging tests, researchers noted, although the slight difference in death rates couldn’t be chalked up to that.
Reviewing data on nearly 172,000 patients from seven Ontario hospitals between April 2010 and October 2017, researchers found about 5.2% of patients of men doctors died in the hospital, compared to 4.8% of patients of women doctors, per Forbes.
Part of this can be attributed to a greater share of new medical graduates being women with more current medical knowledge and guidelines, researchers found. The difference was practically erased when they factored in the number of years doctors had been practicing.
Still, evidence has shown women physicians tend to spend more time with patients, reviewing their health records and employing a greater degree of empathy, Axios reported. Women doctors also are more likely to consult with colleagues and collaborate.