There is a growing body of literature on the importance of provider gender on patient-related metrics, including satisfaction, compliance, follow-up, and health-related outcomes. Studies have shown that female patients are more likely to factor gender when choosing their physicians than male patients and are much more likely to choose female physicians when provided the option of selecting providers. Early studies in this field have consistently demonstrated a significant gender preference for female endoscopists by female patients. In this perspective, we review findings from United States and international literature on patient–provider gender concordance for endoscopic procedures. We present the current state, describe our experience in an international setting in the Middle East, and offer strategies to promote the advancement of women in gastroenterology, many of which have been successfully implemented to address the health preferences and needs of our female patients.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging