We appreciate Wang et al.1 for their interest in our work. We studied the effects of anesthesiologist age and sex on patient perceptions of the anesthesiologist’s confidence, intelligence, likelihood of choosing the anesthesiologist to care for a family member, and leadership abilities. In our study,2 300 patients were randomized to view a set of four videos in random order, each featuring an anesthesiologist varying in sex (female or male) and age (younger or older). All anesthesiologists displayed confident, high-power body language. In brief, we found that patients ranked female anesthesiologists higher than male anesthesiologists on the measures of confidence and likelihood of choosing the anesthesiologist to care for a family member and younger patients (younger than 65 yr old) ranked older anesthesiologists higher than younger anesthesiologists on the measures of confidence, intelligence, and leadership abilities. We...
Anesthesiologist Age and Sex Influence Patients: Reply
(Accepted for publication March 15, 2021. Published online first on April 15, 2021.)
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Katherine T. Forkin, Genevieve R. Lyons, Jennie Z. Ma, Edward C. Nemergut; Anesthesiologist Age and Sex Influence Patients: Reply. Anesthesiology 2021; 135:188–189 doi: https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003785
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