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Does Your Doctor’s Gender Matter?

Does Your Doctor’s Gender Matter?

Your doctor’s gender may determine the type of care you receive during a hospital stay, according to a study from JAMA Internal Medicine published online in December 2016 that compares medical practice patterns among genders.

Harvard researchers measured the outcomes of Medicare patients treated in hospitals by general internists for eight common conditions, including sepsis, pneumonia, congestive heart failure, and urinary tract infection. Their analysis included more than 1.5 million hospitalizations.

The researchers found that female internists had the edge over males when it came…

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