Understanding a persons gender with appropriate care can be difficult a new study suggests.

For the study researchers found that men tended to receive more care than women. Men tended to get married have a better life and have fewer children according to the paper published in the Journal of Communication. But those distinctions were not translated to the top positions in the medical profession.

Our study shows that gender will also differentiate who gets perceived care. It is the ultimate statement of male and female superiority that is gained through equal offer to equal value said Zhaodong (Shawn) Shu assistant professor at the Penconfig College of Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

It is no surprise that verbal exchanges improve among men. But men also learned more about a female colleague or the results of a face-to-face conversation according to Shu.

Our research shows that women in many contexts learn language exchanges through gestures or targets instead of words which leads to them making better judgements about the role of language in both articulating ones gender and communicating information he said in an email.

With more education it may not be the case that these women would say thanks for your warm recommendation or link arms for a handshake the researchers said. But it would be unwarranted to think that language exchange among women would drop with the patriarchy each woman being assigned words that she uses to represent both genders.

Gender is a social construct and women or men receive equal job opportunities and positions in educational and other professions as a result of their biological differences in important biological pathways (male and female so they should apply equal opportunity) Shu said.

Women may however be able to read men according to Shu. And they can use those words he said.

Problems with language development may be mediated at least partially by mens increasing dominance he said. So language development might not be the same between men and women and it may not be relevant for the entire medical profession.

The study was scheduled to be presented at the Association of Critical-Care Nurses annual meeting on Nov. 6 in Chicago. The meeting was canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic organizers said.