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Women doctors are better communicators

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7361.408 (Published 24 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:408
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Women doctors in the United States spend more time with their patients, talk with them more, establish more emotional rapport, and involve patients more in their treatment than male doctors, says a meta-analysis by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore and Northeastern University in Boston.

    “The most important consequence of the difference is what it inspires in patients responding back to the doctor,” said lead author Dr Debra Roter a public health specialist at Johns Hopkins. “They are …

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