The Reading / Listening - Doctors - Level 2

A new study shows that female doctors are better than male doctors, but get less pay. Researchers looked at over three million medical records for hospitalizations and for readmissions (people who had to stay in hospital a second time). The percentages of readmissions and mortality (deaths) were lower if the doctor was female. Mortality rates were 15.02 per cent and readmission rates were 11.07 per cent for female doctors, compared with 15.57 per cent mortality and 11.49 per cent readmission rates for patients of male doctors.



The researchers did not say why women gave better care to patients than men. Researcher Dr. Ashish Jha said many lives could be saved in the USA every year if male doctors did as well as female doctors. He said: "We estimate that approximately 32,000 fewer patients would die if male physicians [got] the same [results] as female physicians." He also said it was wrong that men got paid more than women, because women were better at their jobs. Dr Jha added, "We need to understand why these differences exist…and figure out how to translate it" to cover all doctors.

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Sources
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/female-doctors-outperform-male-counterparts_us_58596b31e4b0b3ddfd8ef29e
  • https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/female-doctors-may-be-better-for-older-patients-health/
  • http://www.livescience.com/57262-hospital-patients-with-female-doctors-have-lower-death-risk.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. female doctors
  2. get less
  3. three million medical
  4. people who had to stay in hospital
  5. The percentages
  6. lower if the doctor was
  7. Mortality
  8. patients
  1. a second time
  2. records
  3. of readmissions
  4. rates
  5. are better
  6. of male doctors
  7. pay
  8. female

Paragraph 2

  1. The researchers did not say
  2. women gave better
  3. many lives could be
  4. if male doctors did as well
  5. approximately 32,000 fewer patients
  6. got the same
  7. He also said it
  8. understand why these differences
  1. saved
  2. exist
  3. would die
  4. was wrong
  5. why
  6. care
  7. results
  8. as female doctors

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A new (1) ___________________ female doctors are better than male doctors, but (2) ___________________. Researchers looked at over three million (3) ___________________ hospitalizations and for readmissions (people (4) ___________________ in hospital a second time). The percentages of readmissions and mortality (deaths) (5) ___________________ doctor was female. Mortality rates were 15.02 per cent and readmission rates were 11.07 per cent for female doctors, compared with 15.57 per cent mortality and 11.49 per cent readmission (6) ___________________ of male doctors.

The researchers (7) ___________________ women gave better care to patients than men. Researcher Dr. Ashish Jha said many lives could (8) ___________________ USA every year if male doctors did as well as female doctors. He said: "(9) ___________________ approximately 32,000 fewer patients (10) ___________________ physicians [got] the same [results] as female physicians." He also said it was wrong that men got paid more than women, because women (11) ___________________ their jobs. Dr Jha added, "We need to understand why these differences exist…(12) ___________________ to translate it" to cover all doctors.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Anewstudyshowsthatfemaledoctorsarebetterthanmaledoctors,butg
etlesspay.Researcherslookedatoverthreemillionmedicalrecordsforh
ospitalizationsandforreadmissions(peoplewhohadtostayinhospitala
secondtime).Thepercentagesofreadmissionsandmortality(deaths)
werelowerifthedoctorwasfemale.Mortalityrateswere15.02percenta
ndreadmissionrateswere11.07percentforfemaledoctors,compared
with15.57percentmortalityand11.49percentreadmissionratesforpa
tientsofmaledoctors.Theresearchersdidnotsaywhywomengavebett
ercaretopatientsthanmen.ResearcherDr.AshishJhasaidmanylivesco
uldbesavedintheUSAeveryyearifmaledoctorsdidaswellasfemaledoct
ors.Hesaid:"Weestimatethatapproximately32,000fewerpatientswo
ulddieifmalephysicians[got]thesame[results]asfemalephysicians."
Healsosaiditwaswrongthatmengotpaidmorethanwomen,becausewo
menwerebetterattheirjobs.DrJhaadded,"Weneedtounderstandwhyt
hesedifferencesexist…andfigureouthowtotranslateit"tocoveralldoct
ors.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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