IHP news 482: Gender

By on August 10, 2018

Representation Matters, Even in Matters of the Heart


A US study suggests that female patients have a substantially higher risk of mortality in the emergency room if they have a male doctor rather than a female one. Conversely, the mere fact of having more female colleagues, increases the likelihood of survival for female patients of male emergency doctors. Since women make up just 25% of emergency doctors in the US, this gender gap has life or death implications for women.

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