Are Women Better Doctors Than Men?
Why Doctors Like Women Better
A survey finds doctors, of both sexes, generally prefer to treat women. The reason: Less guessing.
By Dr. Sanjay Gupta
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You don’t feel well, so you:
A) Go to the doctor.
B) Wait until you feel even worse.
You feel even worse. You’ve gone to the doctor, so you:
A) Tell her in detail exactly what’s wrong.
B) Let her figure it out. She’s the expert.
How you answer those questions determines whether you’re a good patient (from a doctor’s perspective) or a difficult one. How you answer is also a pretty good predictor of whether you’re a man or a woman.
According to a recent survey 71 percent of doctors (men and women) say they find male patients more challenging than female patients.
The physicians report that male patients have often been ignoring symptoms for years, are likely to be in denial of their condition, and are less communicative with medical professionals.
That makes them more difficult to diagnose and to treat.
Sixty-three percent of physicians say they will turn to a girlfriend or wife to get answers about a male patient.
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