Patients Treated By Female Doctors Have Better Outcomes and Fewer Readmissions

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

Yusuke Tsugawa, MD, MPH, PhD Department of Health Policy and Management Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Department of Medicine Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Yusuke Tsugawa

Yusuke Tsugawa, MD, MPH, PhD
Department of Health Policy and Management
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health,
Department of Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts 

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: We analyzed a 20% sample of Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized with a medical condition in 2011-2014, and found that patients treated by female doctors have lower mortality and readmission rates than those cared for by male doctors.

MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Female doctors may be providing higher-quality of care compared for male doctors.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: Further studies are warranted that studies the differences in practice patterns between male and female doctors that led to the difference in patient mortality and readmission rates.

MedicalResearch.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Response: We look forward to seeing a future research that identifies key behaviors of female physicians that led them to have better patient outcomes.

MedicalResearch.com: Thank you for your contribution to the MedicalResearch.com community.

Citation:

Tsugawa Y, Jena AB, Figueroa JF, Orav EJ, Blumenthal DM, Jha AK. Comparison of Hospital Mortality and Readmission Rates for Medicare Patients Treated by Male vs Female Physicians. JAMA Intern Med. Published online December 19, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.7875

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