If you are sick, elderly and in a hospital, you are more likely to survive when your primary doctor during that hospitalization is a woman, a new study shows.
The patients of female doctors are also less likely to be re-hospitalized in the month after discharge, according to the study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
“We found a modest but, I think, clinically important difference in outcomes for patients cared for by female physicians as opposed to male physicians,” said the study’s senior author, Ashish Jha, a professor of health policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
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