Volume 47 | Number 4 | August 2012

Abstract List

Marc N. Elliott, William G. Lehrman Ph.D., Megan K. Beckett Ph.D., Elizabeth Goldstein, Katrin Hambarsoomian M.S., Laura A. Giordano R.N., M.B.A.


To examine gender differences in inpatient experiences and how they vary by dimensions of care and other patient characteristics.

Data Source

A total of 1,971,632 patients (medical and surgical service lines) discharged from 3,830 hospitals, uly 2007–une 2008, and completing the survey.

Study Design

We compare the experiences of male and female inpatients on 10 dimensions using multiple linear regression, adjusting for survey mode and patient mix. Additional models add additional patient characteristics and their interactions with patient gender.

Principal Findings

We find generally less positive experiences for women than men, especially for ommunication about edicines, ischarge nformation, and leanliness. Gender differences are similar in magnitude to previously reported differences by race/ethnicity. The gender gap is generally larger for older patients and for patients with worse self‐reported health status. Gender disparities are largest in for‐profit hospitals.


Targeting the experiences of women may be a promising means of improving overall patient experience scores (because women comprise a majority of all inpatients); the experiences of older and sicker women, and those in for‐profit hospitals, may merit additional examination.