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Mil Med. 2000 Dec;165(12):938-40.

Provider gender preference in obstetrics and gynecology: a military population.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews Air Force Base, MD 20762-6600, USA.



This study evaluates patient reasons and preferences for gender selection of their obstetrician-gynecologist.


A written survey was given to patients attending a military obstetrics and gynecology clinic (N = 203). Mean age was 36 years, with 69% of patients between 20 and 40 years. Caucasian (52%) and African American (34%) were the most common races.


Overall, 52% of patients preferred a female practitioner, 4% preferred males, and gender did not matter for 44%. Experience and reputation were the most important factors in 93% of all patient provider selections. Only 10% of patients felt that gender was the most important factor, and 35% ranked gender as one of the top two factors.


Although a majority of our study population preferred female obstetrician-gynecologist providers, experience and reputation were more frequently cited than gender as the most important factors in selecting a provider. Patients felt that female physicians understand their problems better.

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