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J R Soc Med. 2008 Jan;101(1):27-33. doi: 10.1258/jrsm.2007.070424.

Gender and variation in activity rates of hospital consultants.

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Department of Health Sciences, University of York, UK. keb3@york.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To explore whether or not gender predicts consultant activity rates.

DESIGN:

Using data from the Hospital Episode Statistics for England 2004/2005, we explored inpatient activity rates of male and female hospital consultants, with and without adjustment for case-mix differences. As a sensitivity analysis we also explored outpatient attendances for male and female hospital consultants.

SETTING:

Data from the Hospital Episode Statistics for England.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Finished consultant episodes per year, with and without adjustment for case-mix differences, age and gender of consultant, contract held, hospital trust, specialty of practice, and clinical excellence awards, discretionary points and distinction awards.

RESULTS:

Including only consultants on full-time or maximum part-time contracts, men have significantly higher activity rates than women, after accounting for age, specialty and hospital trust.

CONCLUSIONS:

The reasons for the different activity rates of male and female consultants are unclear, but the implications of these results for the planning of the medical workforce are important.

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PMID:
18263911
PMCID:
PMC2235925
DOI:
10.1258/jrsm.2007.070424
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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