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BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 15 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d963

What makes a good psychiatrist? According to a survey, patients’ top four criteria are being a good listener, being approachable, treating patients as equals, and being non-judgmental. Psychiatrists, on the other hand, voted for clinical knowledge, clear communication, being interested in people, and being honest and trustworthy. The researchers surmise that patients simply assume that good clinical knowledge is there (The Psychiatrist 2011;35:75, doi:10.1192/pb.35.2.75a).

A review of 20 years’ worth of data on gender discrimination found that although there are occasional instances of discrimination, the current under-representation of women in science is related more to gender linked personal choices: deferring careers to raise children, following a partner, or caring for parents. The authors say that money would be better spent on education and policy changes that would make institutions more responsive to the differing biological realities that …

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