Patients of female doctors less likely to die, researchers found
MOSCOW, 19 Jul — RIA Novosti. People who are treated in intensive care after serious operations or illnesses, a little more often survive and restore their health in cases where their physician is a woman, not a man, according to an article published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
“This discovery indicates that differences in approaches to treatment that are practiced by male doctors and women doctors and that revealed by our colleagues in the past, can be of great importance to ensure maximum survival of the patients. To understand why this is happening, can help us understand how we can bridge this gap between men and women,” says Yusuke tsugawa’s (Yusuke Tsugawa) from Harvard (USA).
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Tsugawa’s and his colleagues came to this conclusion by examining how patients nearly all U.S. hospitals recovered in the first 30 days after exposure to intensive care and how often they die depending on whether their practitioners are men or women.
In total, how to tell the scientists, they analyzed 1.5 million cases of primary hospitalization of patients and a similar number of cases of re-entry to the intensive care unit, which occurred from 2011 to 2014.
In total all these people were treated around 58 thousand doctors, about a third of whom were women.
As shown by comparison, patients doctors, women died on average a little less than the doctors-man — of 11.07% against 11.49 per cent, and less likely to fall for re-hospitalization — 15,02% vs 15,57%.
Why is this happening, scientists still don’t know, but this may be due to the fact that women doctors on average fewer patients than men, and they tend to be younger and more educated. Tsugawa’s and his colleagues plan to uncover other possible reasons for these differences in subsequent observations.