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Female doctors have lower patient mortality rates than male docs

A team of doctors at Harvard's School of Public Health conducted a study that revealed patients who received treatment from female physicians had lower mortality rates and incidences of returning as in-patients for their ailments.

In fact, the researchers postulated that annually 32,000 patient lives could be saved if all physicians practiced medicine as well as those female doctors who participated in the research study.

Despite these findings, female physicians generally earn less than their male counterparts and do not get promoted as frequently.

Their research focused on over 1.5 million senior citizens who received Medicare benefits and who were admitted for reasons other than surgery for the four-year period between 2011-2015.

Those patients who received care from women doctors "had lower 30-day mortality than did patients treated by male physicians," the report, which was published in JAMA Internal Medicine, stated.

One female doctor from San Francisco found that women physicians had a more patient-centric focus in the way they communicated. They also visited longer with their patients than most male doctors and were more reassuring and encouraging.

So does that mean that everybody should switch to a female doctor if they can? Not necessarily. There certainly are many fine male doctors in North Carolina who deserve the excellent reputations they enjoy. However, it's just another factor to consider when selecting the physician who literally will be holding your life in his or her hands.

If you have suffered a worsened condition or other injuries due to a doctor's negligence or medical error(s), no matter what their gender is, you have the right to pursue financial compensation for your losses and damages.

Source: NBC News, "Female Doctors Outperform Male Doctors, According to Study," Maggie Fox, Dec. 19, 2016

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