More women heart patients survive with female doctor
Women are more likely to survive a heart attack if they are treated by a female doctor in hospital, a study has shown.
Scientists in the US reviewed nearly 582,000 heart attack cases over a period of 19 years. They found that female patients admitted to a hospital emergency room had a significantly higher chance of survival when another woman was in charge of their treatment.
The researchers trawled through patient data from Florida hospitals from 1991 to 2010, measuring factors such as age, race and medical history.The gender survival difference was highest under male physicians.
When patients were treated by male doctors, 12.6pc of men died compared with 13.3pc of women - a difference of 0.7pc. But the gender gap closed more than three-fold to 0.2pc when female physicians took charge of treatment. In this case, 11.8pc of men died compared with 12pc of women.
The findings are reported in 'Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences'.