Is your doctor paying attention?Posted: February 12, 2014
An excellent blog by Carolyn Thomas on the importance of paying attention — both by physician and patient alike.
When Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Mary O’Connorpublished her compelling essay called “The Woman Patient: Is Her Voice Heard?“, she raised some frightening questions, particularly for those of us carrying the XX chromosomes. Examples of what she calls the medical profession’s “unconscious bias” against female patients include:
- women are 22 times less likely to be referred for knee replacement surgerycompared to men presenting with the same symptoms and diagnoses
- girls on pediatric kidney transplant lists are 22% less likely to get a new kidney compared to boys
- women in their 50s and younger are seven times more likely to be misdiagnosed and sent home from Emergency compared to their male counterparts of the same age presenting with comparable heart attack symptoms(1)
But perhaps the most disturbing lesson was the pervasive sense that somehow docs are just not getting…
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