Does Being a Woman Make a Difference in Professional Practice?

A Qualitative View to the Practice of Rheumatology

Published in: Journal of Rheumatology, v. 27, no. 8, Aug. 2000, p. 2010-201

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2000

by Patricia Clark, Homero Martinez, Gery W. Ryan, Leonor Barile

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OBJECTIVE: To explore to what extent female rheumatologists perceived that gender had an influence on their professional practice or on their choice of specialty. METHODS: The authors collected data from 29 female rheumatologists and used qualitative and quantitative methods to describe the findings. RESULTS: Three groups of respondents were identified (cluster analysis). Most of these rheumatologists perceived that gender influenced the way they practiced, although the specific weights of the topics were different in the 3 groups. Gender also influenced these physicians' choice of specialty field. CONCLUSION: The differences in practice style may have a potential effect on health systems as feminization of the medical profession increases.

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