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Patients Cared for by Female Doctors Fare Better Than Those Treated by Men

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Female doctors who care for elderly hospitalized patients get better results say Harvard researchers who studied more than one million Medicare patients across multiple years. The investigators concluded that approximately 32,000 fewer patients would die if male physicians could achieve the same outcomes as female physicians each year. That is, differentiating practice patterns between male and female physicians may have significant clinical outcome effects. The findings were published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal on December 19, 2016. Read more at this NPR article.