U.K. doctors are struggling to find ways to treat their female colleagues more effectively, a new study finds.
More than a third of female doctors surveyed by a group of academics and clinicians found that they could not get the results they wanted, while just 13 percent of male doctors could.
The findings come amid mounting concerns about women’s health in the workplace.
In March, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that bars federal contractors from requiring employees to report gender-based discrimination, but it has not been updated to include a requirement for female doctors.
The study found that in general, female doctors in some specialty fields performed worse than male doctors in those same fields.
In general, females reported lower levels of depression, less overall health and lower levels on the BDI (baseline level of well-being) scale.
Overall, the study found, male doctors were more likely to say they felt they had a higher quality of life than female doctors, and female doctors were less likely to feel that their care was better than male colleagues.
The research was based on data collected from more than 400 male and female primary care physicians across the United States, and more than 300 female and male emergency room doctors.
It found that male doctors reported higher levels of pain, depression and anxiety, and higher levels on a scale of depression severity.
Female doctors were also less likely than their male colleagues to report any symptoms of anxiety.
The results, published in the British Journal of General Practice, do not mean that male and woman doctors are doing different things differently, said study lead author Emily Smith, a clinical psychologist at the University of Edinburgh.
But it does indicate that women and men need to be aware of what’s going on, Smith said.
“It’s important to remember that gender can have an impact on a range of clinical outcomes, and we need to work together to understand and address it,” Smith said in a statement.
The researchers also found that doctors had a more difficult time finding the results of routine blood tests and MRI scans.
Male doctors tended to be more likely than female physicians to be unable to access the results, and they were less able to obtain the necessary care, the researchers found.
Smith said the findings were in line with previous studies that have found that women’s experiences of stress and anxiety may be different than men’s.
“For women, stress and/or anxiety may cause women to be less able or willing to report to their doctor about the severity of their symptoms,” Smith wrote.
“In contrast, for men, stress or anxiety may lead to them to be over-confident or overly anxious about their symptoms, which in turn may lead them to exaggerate the severity or extent of their pain.”
This story was updated to reflect new data from the study.