Researchers contend the way women practice medicine is "good" for health outcomes.

The London Free Press (3/9, Spencer) reported that a paper appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association takes "direct aim at doctors and data suggesting women physicians don't work as hard as men." Dr. Susan Phillips, a Queen's University family medicine specialist, and Emily Austin, a student, "conclude not only do females pull their weight, 'the feminization of medicine is good for health outcomes.'" Dr. Phillips noted that "there's a steady stream of articles in the medical literature suggesting that because women [doctors] work shorter hours and won't work until they die, that this may be a problem in terms of access to care." But, Dr. Phillips and Austin "argue what women lack in work hours, they make up in other ways." For instance, "The majority of women doctors go into family practice," and "some studies show a strong primary care system contributes to longer life expectancy in many countries." They also contend that "the way women practice strengthens this system," because they "tend to spend longer with each patient, communicate better and put more stress on preventive care."

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Good for women!!! I always knew we were special. And, of course, most communicate a whole lot better than he male of the species.

Thanks, Sohair.

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