Treatment from female doctors leads to lower death rates, study finds – GLOBAL

April 24, 2024

Women have better survival rates and lower hospital readmission rates when treated by female physicians, a new study found.

The observational study published Tuesday in Annals of Internal Medicine found a contrast in mortality rates depending on the gender of the treating physician in the United States. Among women treated by female physicians, 8.15 per cent died within 30 days, while 8.38 per cent of those treated by male physicians met the same outcome.

The researchers found the same pattern for hospital readmission rates.

This difference may seem small, but lead author Dr. Yusuke Tsugawa, an associate professor-in-residence of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, said it is “clinically meaningful.”

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