Whose Patients Have Lower 30-Day Mortality? Younger or Older Doctors?

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

Yusuke Tsugawa, MD, MPH, PhD</strong> Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management Cambridge, MA 02138

Dr. Tsugawa

Yusuke Tsugawa, MD, MPH, PhD
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Department of Health Policy and Management
Cambridge, MA 02138

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: Although evidence has suggested that older physicians may experience a
decline in medical knowledge and are less likely to adhere to standard care, patients in general had a perception that older doctors are more
experienced and therefore provide superior care.

Using a nationally representative sample of Medicare beneficiaries who were hospitalized
for medical conditions in 2011-2014, we found that patients treated by
younger doctors have lower 30-day mortality compared to those cared
for by older doctors, after adjusting for patient, physician, and
hospital characteristics.

MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Patients should not be concerned when they figured out that their
doctors were younger than they expected. Healthcare providers should
find out a way to make sure that older doctors are keeping up with the
new technologies and clinical guidelines that evolve over time.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: Further research is warranted to identify a mechanism to make sure
that older doctors are keeping up with the new technologies and the
latest clinical guidelines.

MedicalResearch.com: Thank you for your contribution to the MedicalResearch.com community.

Citation:
Physician age and outcomes in elderly patients in hospital in the US: observational study
BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1797 (Published 16 May 2017)Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1797

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