Medical communication and gender: a summary of research.

J. A. Hall, D. L. Roter

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article


Communication patterns between physicians and patients during the medical visit reveal behavioral gender differences. Studies suggest varying satisfaction levels depending on physician gender. The communication style of female physicians often includes slightly more focus on the patient's emotional and psychosocial concerns, more positively toned communications, and a more egalitarian style reflected in increased levels of patient participation. However, because patients' satisfaction with female physicians does not typically exceed that for male physicians, other factors may influence satisfaction ratings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-42
Number of pages4
JournalThe journal of gender-specific medicine : JGSM : the official journal of the Partnership for Women's Health at Columbia
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Physiology

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