Study Finds Patients Listen More To Female Doctors


A study has found “Women are more likely to heed guidance on nutrition, exercise and weight loss when it comes from doctors who are female,” Business Insider reports.

Additionally, “patients, regardless of gender, more readily tuned into advice about nutrition and exercise from female physicians.”

Still, the researchers suggest, “interpersonal skills may play more of a role than gender in promoting physician-patient trust.” The study concludes, “Training medical students and doctors on delivering information, showing respect, supporting patient involvement, gaining social and cultural competence, supporting self-reflection and self-awareness, and developing skills, capacities and capabilities to perceive existing gender differences and on incorporating these into their decisions and actions could help them to provide higher quality of care to each patient, irrespective of their gender.”

Effective communication could lead to “a more productive visit and lead to improved outcomes.”

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