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Medical malpractice could be increased by gender bias

When people go to see a doctor, they hope to receive respect, care and the doctor's full attention. People like to trust that their doctor takes their concerns seriously and utilizes the appropriate testing and diagnosis methods in order to best treat the patient. Unfortunately, some research shows that women can sometimes fail to get proper diagnosis or treatment because of gender bias by physicians. Perhaps greater awareness will improve the medical malpractice rates of physicians in California and beyond. 

A 2014 Johns Hopkins study found that women are 30 percent more likely to be misdiagnosed when suffering from a stroke in the emergency room. Most autoimmune disorder sufferers are women. Research by the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association revealed that it took an average of four doctor visits over a span of three years to get an autoimmune disorder diagnosis. 

In the past, women's symptoms have not always been taken seriously. Sometimes, women are dismissed as complainers. Ageism can be a factor for delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis as well. If a doctor dismisses an older person's claims of pain, they may be missing a precious opportunity to help treat an illness. 

Sadly, sometimes these harmful norms are perpetuated in society. When a physician fails to meet the proper standards of care, that physician may be charged with medical malpractice. Sometimes, if a person is harmed by a failure on a medical professional's part, they may be entitled to awards for damages. In California, when seeking such retribution for damages, a lawyer can be a helpful tool.

Source:, "The 'it's all in your head' diagnosis is still a danger to women's health", Emily Dwass, Accessed on Oct. 11, 2017

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