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Patients of Female Physicians Have Better Outcomes

A recent study conducted by Harvard University found that female doctors provide better quality care to elderly nursing home residents than their male counterparts. Specifically, those patients who were hospitalized and later discharged were less likely to die or have a repeat hospital visit.  The study estimates that there would be 32,000 fewer deaths annually if male doctors could ‘achieve the same outcomes as female physicians every year.’

Although women make up one half the patient population, only 1/3 of practicing physicians are women.