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December 8, 2021

Surgical Outcomes Should Know No Identity—The Case for Equity Between Patients and Surgeons

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville
  • 2Web and Social Media Editor, JAMA Surgery
JAMA Surg. 2022;157(2):156-157. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2021.6367

Sex parity is a long-standing issue in the surgical workforce, contributing to inequities among surgeons and patients. Wallis et al1 present compelling data from a population-based cohort study analyzing the association between surgeon-patient sex concordance and surgical outcomes in Ontario, Canada. Unsurprisingly, most of the sex-discordant surgeon-patient dyads were male surgeons and female patients. What is surprising and troubling is that negative outcomes, including complications and death, were linked to sex discordance. Unfortunately, this association disproportionately affected female patients. The association between surgeon-patient sex discordance and outcomes sounds the alarm for urgent action.

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