Author Interviews, BMJ, Brigham & Women's - Harvard, Outcomes & Safety / 21.05.2017

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: 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. (more…)
Author Interviews, NEJM, Outcomes & Safety, Surgical Research / 22.11.2016

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Alan Karthikesalingam MD PhD, NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Vascular Surgery St George's Vascular Institute London, UK MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: The background for this study was that the typical diameter at abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) ┬árepair, and the population incidence of AAA repair, have been known to vary considerably between different countries. This study aimed to observe whether a discrepancy in the population incidence rate of AAA repair between England and the USA was seen alongside a discrepancy in population rates of AAA-related mortality or AAA rupture in those countries. (more…)