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Have gender preference and communication patterns changed?

Brink-Muinen, A. van den, Dulmen, S. van, Bensing, J. Have gender preference and communication patterns changed? In: G.P. Westert; L. Jabaaij; F.G. Schellevis. Morbidity, performance and quality in primary care: Dutch general practice on stage. Oxon: Radcliffe Publishing, 2006. 177-186
This chapter shows that despite their preferences, many patients do not have a female general practitioner (GP). Preferences of female GPs are not fulfilled for a one-third of female and two-thirds of male patients. The reason is that the higher number of female medical students has not led to enough practising female GPs yet. Those patients that have a preference for a female GP are morer often female and younger. Furthermore, communication patterns have become more pragmatic. Nowadays, both male and female GPs talk less with their patients, express less empathy and concern, and talk less about biomedical and psychosocial issue than in 1987. Nevertherless, female GPs still talk more with patients than their male colleagues do. Compared with male GPs, they give more information, especially about biomedical issues. They also look more at their patients and are more affective. Communication patterns are not related to the patients gender.(aut .ref.)