Canadian women 15% more likely to die, suffer complications during surgery if operated on by a man

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Researchers have found that women incur a 15% more risk of death or suffer complications during surgery if operated on by a man.

The new study from Vanderbilt University and the University of Toronto offers no explanation for the disparity. The authors say more research needs to be done to find out what causes this outcome. 

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They looked at 180 000 surgeries in Canada, both elective and emergent, from November 2020 to March 2021.

There was no increased risk of deaths or other complications when women operated on women nor when men operated on men or women on men. 

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One of the leaders of the research, Dr Amalia Cochran, tells New York Post: "Surgeons likely believe they provide the same quality of care to patients irrespective of identity. However, these data underscore an under-appreciated phenomenon and highlight a measurable repercussion of implicit bias."

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