An experiment at one academic medical center could be viewed as helping improve female physicians' work experience, or as a sad commentary on society's perception of women
Women were more than three times as likely than men to say they had experienced role misidentification in the past. Women were also more likely to report improvement in their identification as physicians after getting their badges, Yialamas and co-authors found.
92.7% of female residents wearing the badges said their day-to-day work experience had improved in the time since.
"Badges are a low-cost tool that not only increases patients' comfort with and awareness of the role played by each member of the care team but also may improve team members' workplace experience, in part by reducing the 'stereotype threat' experienced by female physicians," wrote Yialamas and colleagues.
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