Tsugawa Y, Newhouse JP, MacArthur JD, et al. 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
Thanks to Ben Gold for this reference. Slides from Patient Care newsletter.
Researchers used nationally representative data on Medicare beneficiaries admitted to hospital with a medical condition during 2011-14. They wanted to find out the association between age of the treating physician and 30 day patient mortality after admission; whether this association varied with the volume of patients a physician treats; and whether physician age is associated with readmissions and costs of care. Their study included 736 537 admissions managed by 18 854 hospitalist physicians (median age 41).
My take: If medicine becomes a part-time job, patients may suffer. Physicians who remained busy and up-to-date did not have worse outcomes.
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