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Sex diversity in surgical teams is linked to better postoperative outcomes for patients, research finds

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: (Published 29 May 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1176
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Patients have better postoperative outcomes when surgery is carried out by surgical and anaesthetic teams with greater sex diversity, shows research published in the British Journal of Surgery.1

Teams in which at least 35% of the anaesthetists and surgeons were female achieved the best results, as patients treated by such teams had 3% lower odds of experiencing major morbidity within 90 days of the procedure, the study found. Major morbidity was defined as postsurgical interventions such as endoscopy or interventional radiology, return to the operating room, admission to intensive care, or …

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