Study Finds Patients Of More Experienced Doctors Worse Off

According to a report published in the American Journal of Medicine, patients of doctors who had practiced for at least 20 years had longer hospital stays and were more likely to die than those whose doctors had started practicing within the past five years. And though a number of variables, including the level of sickness among patients and the number of patients each doctor was caring for, played a role in the findings, Dr. Niteesh Choudhry of Harvard Medical School said it is a problem that has been recognized for five to 10 years. Earlier studies found that the longer a physician was in practice the less likely they were to follow guidelines. Choudhry says the problem is not the capability of more experienced doctors, but rather, their familiarity with the most current practices. More here.

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