Women surgeons outperform men

Why are patients less likely to die in their care?

Having a female surgeon is linked to better patient outcomes, say Canadian researchers, but the reasons for this anomaly are unclear.

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Their study has found that patients treated by female surgeons have slightly lower death rates in the first few weeks after their operations than those treated by men. 

While cause and effect cannot be established, the authors suggest the findings may be related to the delivery of care that is more in line with guidelines, a stronger focus on patient-centred practices and better communication.

“Our findings have important