Women docs are better, but males are more productive
The researchers studied the billing information of more than 870 Quebec medical practitioners to look at whether they treated their elderly diabetes patients according to Canadian Diabetes Association guidelines.
Among middle-aged doctors, three out of four women ordered eye examinations for their patients, compared with 70% of male doctors and 71% prescribed the recommended medications compared with 67% of men.
However, the male doctors’ productivity was higher than women, with men reporting nearly 1000 more procedures per year compared with their female counterparts.
But the difference between men and women’s quality of care and productivity diminished with decreasing age of the doctors.
“It seemed to me that more and more men are taking time with their patients at the expense of productivity, and more and more women tend to increase their number of procedures,” lead author Valérie Martel said, but