Medical Errors Report #12

A Four-Year Solution Implementation Study

 Sex Bias in some Areas of Health-care Impede Progress of Quality Improvement

A group dominated by all males or all females is less responsive to the issues and concerns of the opposite sex. The progress of fixing medical errors (or systemic failure) has stagnated due to an imbalance in the representation of sexes within certain areas of health-care. For example, “estrogen excess” and competitions between women as described by some nurses ignite wide spread problems leading to continuous fierce battles in the absence of men. Similarly, some areas of medical care have been plagued by the hyper-androgenic effect of physicians attacking nurses and berating them. There has to be a balance of the sexes to achieve success in a profession that includes both male and female. I often feel sorry for the only male worker caught within a group of women at the peak of frustration. Similarly, I feel sorry for the only woman working with a male group mostly driven by androgenic egos. Hospital management dominated by either sex does not allow for an objective evaluation of the issues because of gender bias. Many times, women tend to agree with other women even when they know they are wrong. Socially, some females tend to evaluate themselves through the eyes of their friends while males are more independent in that respect. While trying to appease their fellow female peers, some women will agree with a decision they know to be wrong just for emotional satisfaction. Men tend to reflect the ideas of other men as well, but can sometimes be more objective in the absence of emotions. Both sexes falter in making decisions at the peak of emotional excitation and both are easily influenced by the emotions of the people around them.