Female Leadership Matters

A recent publication, “Female Physician Leadership during Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation is Associated with Improved Patient Outcomes” (Meier et al), found that after variable adjustment, female physician code leader gender was independently associated with higher rate of return of spontaneous circulation and higher likelihood of survival to discharge.

This was published after a study in Switzerland found that male medical students outperformed female students in cardiac arrest simulation. This result led authors to conclude that female students were outperformed due to inferior female leadership.

Meier et al concluded that traditional gender leadership styles are not important and that if “adequately trained, physicians can lead high-quality CPR irrespective of gender.”

Access: Meier et al. Female Physician Leadership during Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation is Associated with Improved Patient Outcomes. Critical Care Medicine. 2018 Oct 9 here.


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