Dr. Anne Cecile Schiebe from the University of Toulouse III of Toulouse in France, eager to the know the influence of gender in the areas like nutrition and weight loss, conducted a research on 585 patients and 27 general doctors n three different regions of the country. The research said that females trust the female doctors and physicians more than the male doctors. Also, the research found out that it was not about the gender inclination but it was about the way they communicate, which is crucial, especially in the field of nutrition and weight loss.
For the research, the researchers prepared a set of questions about the same topic and asked 27 doctors and 585 patients, both male and female immediately after their office visits. The questions were based on the advice given by the doctors and other relevant information about nutrition, weight loss and physical activity. The results showed that men and women, both, were more convinced on the advice given by the female doctors, even if they were same as prescribed by the male doctors most of the times. The reason behind the result was analyzed to be the skill of persuasion and intrapersonal skill that female doctors possess.
In the area of nutrition, men consulting the male doctors were four times more likely to disagree with advice granted than those men who consulted the female doctors. About exercise, men consulting the male doctors were twice more likely to disagree with the advice granted by the female doctors for the same. For females, they agreed with their weight loss physicians 93 per cent of the time and with male doctors 85.5 per cent, say the study.
The research concluded that medical doctors are needed to be trained at several grounds like- how to deliver information, show respect, support patient involvement, gain cultural and social competence, support self awareness, and to develop skill, capacity and capabilities to understand gender differences. This, according to the report, would help in gender equality and in providing good quality of care to the patients.
So basically the research says that female doctors are more collaborative with their patients and male doctors are rather more dominant on the subject.
Previously, many studies have been done under the same subject and had concluded that females feel more comfortable sharing their health and nutrition problems with their female counterparts and also female physicians show more warmer behavior to their patients and also they involve their patients in the process of decision making.