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Study: Stereotyping diseases, why physicians need to avoid it

April 12, 2019 - 4:00 am

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​​​​By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There’s been a great deal of talk in the media recently about stereotyping genders and the role it has in daily life.

According to a major Danish study, the stereotyping of disease can also be problematic.

When a woman has a so-called “male disease,” or a male has a so-called “female condition” physicians more often overlook the problem. 

An example is, a man who has symptoms of osteoporosis who may not receive the testing as quickly as a woman. Another example is, a woman who has chest pressure and the physician does not immediately think heart attack.

Danish researchers say the most important point is that physicians become aware of this, recognize that they may be generalizing and try to avoid it when at all possible.