April 2, 2009 12:41:50 pm
Female doctors are more caring while treating patients suffering from depression,a new Australian study has found.
The conclusion has been drawn by depression research group — the Black Dog Institute,which surveyed over 500 people and examined GP referral letters.
The study found that female doctors spent three times more time with their patients than male doctors,according to ABC report.
The institute’s executive director Gordon Parker said gender balance probably played a part in the result.
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“We get feedback that the average male general practitioner spends about five minutes [with a patient and the average female probably 15 to 20 minutes,” he said.
“This is not to criticize male general practitioners,because it may well be a pretty straightforward ‘men are from mars,women are from venus’ type scenario,and men want to cut to the chase,” he added.
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