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Does a doctor's gender affect your chance of survival?
by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer

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20 December 2016

On 20 December 2016 The Associated Press reported: A big study of older patients hospitalized for common [serious] illnesses [found that] patients who got most of their care from women doctors were more likely to leave the hospital alive than those treated by men. The all-male research team estimated that there would be about 32,000 fewer deaths each year in the U.S. if male physicians performed at the same level as their female peers. The researchers looked at data involving more than 1.5 million hospitalizations for Medicare patients aged 65 and older between January 2011 and December 2014. Patients' illnesses included pneumonia, heart failure, intestinal bleeding, urinary infections, and lung disease. In addition to better survival chances, those treated by women doctors were slightly less likely to be re-admitted to the hospital within that first month. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of health, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

The study was published Monday [December 19] in JAMA Internal Medicine. [Journal of the American Medical Association]

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