A Harvard Study Suggests Women May Be Better Doctors Than Men


You don’t have to address your kid as “doctor” to foster their professional dreams (but go ahead if that helps), but their gender may make a difference. A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that daughters may be a slightly better candidates than sons. Researchers found that if all physicians were female, 32,000 fewer Americans would die every year. So, if you’re literally looking for your kids to take care of you when you’re old, hedge on the girl.

The research came out out of Harvard (as opposed to Feminist Propaganda University), and looked at the records of 1,583,028 hospital visits among Medicare patients. After accounting for variables like medical condition, severity, and even randomly assigning physicians to people, patients treated by a woman were 4 percent less likely to die and 5 percent less likely to be readmitted the following month. They suspect this has something to do with women having a more patient-centered communication style, and generally spending more time with individuals. Still, these findings were specific to people age 65 and up and probably don’t apply to your immediate health. Don’t fire Dr. Dude yet … unless he insists on being called that.

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To be fair, none of these nerds are saying your son can’t be a doctor, or a great one at that. If that’s what you’re mad about, you might also be outraged to find out that female physicians make about 8 percent less on average; a difference of about $19,879. (And that’s just the STEM of the problem.) But if your little man ends up going into medicine, research like this should help close both gender gaps — making him a better doctor, and her a better salary negotiator.

[H/T] The Atlantic

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