Ridiculous Study of the Week: Taking Advice


Let’s make gender an issue in medicine again, shall we?  Here was the conclusions of a recent study:

Patients are more likely to heed the advice of female doctors than their male counterparts

Really?  When you read the rest of the article, the endpoint was whether the patient agreed with the advice and it seems that the men agreed with women doctors more.  I am not sure what this really means?  I can think of some other reasons but that would be inappropriate.

The new study suggests that some male doctors could learn a thing or two from female physicians – at least when it comes to dispensing advice on nutrition and exercise.

Kind of sexist thing to say after one study.  And agreeing to advice versus truly following it is a whole different thing.  I know many husbands who agree to anything their wive’s say just to avoid a fight (and then do what they want to do anyway).

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “Ridiculous Study of the Week: Taking Advice

  1. Janette Foster
    October 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Is the author comparing a relationship between a female physician and a male patient to that of woman and her husband? That’s a bit sick.

  2. Bridget Reidy MD
    October 18, 2014 at 12:01 am

    This is one example though of a trend I have recently discovered runs far deeper than I expected in these modern times. People think it is just fine to stereotype. If the study had any validity at all, the average man could not be far from the average woman and the overlapping bell shaped curves would be quite flat, with at least 40% of men doing better than the average woman. But go ahead and stereotype. Tell any man he can learn from any woman.
    I have found an incredible number of my educated friends believe it is OK to assume a woman doctor will be more empathetic and communicative than a man. I could not convince them that these things if needed should be expected either way, or that since they take time expecting more from a woman could make it harder for her to close a visit and thus result in a wage gap. An incredible number thought they were entitled to the additional time it might take to meet their expectations. The lawyers in particular could not understand how clients wanting more of your time could make you poorer, and bragged about how they coddled clients as if that didn’t pay well for them! I tell them ” I like to give it away, and be appreciated as an individual for it, even though it means I make less, but please don’t tell me you expect it because I’m a woman, or let the guy get away with less than adequate if you won’t let the woman”. They tell me their higher expectation, merely because the doctor is a woman, is a complement and should be received gracefully. So with this much stereotyping being so acceptable, I wouldn’t be surprised if this study is revealing a truth. But perhaps if it was repeated with email interactions, and names were changed to opposite sex, it would show just the opposite.

  3. Pat
    October 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Pointless, utterly pointless.

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