Take my doctor... Please. Take her! She'll probably save your life, it's science. Female doctors are more likely than male doctors to save the lives of elderly patients, according to a new study of 1.5 million patients, It's a "small but significant difference" of around 0.4%, the Washington Post reports.
But that 0.4% adds up to roughly 32,000 lives saved a year. That's a LOT of lives.
“If we had a treatment that lowered mortality by 0.4 percentage points or half a percentage point, that is a treatment we would use widely," said Ashish Jha, professor of health policy at the Harvard School of Public Health (heard of it). "We would think of that as a clinically important treatment we want to use for our patients. The estimate that 32,000 patients' lives could be saved in the Medicare population alone is on par with the number of deaths from vehicle crashes each year."
Past research has shown that there are some differences between how male and female doctors practice medicine. Women are "more likely to adhere to clinical guidelines and counsel patients on preventive care" and are "more communicative than men," the Post reports.
Scientists added that there is no proof that these trends are directly related to the lower death rate among patients of female doctors. But hey, we can go ahead and draw our own conclusions.
Look, I'm not saying men can't be doctors. But maybe some of them should stay in the kitchen where they belong. It could save lives.