|Patients are becoming worse off under the care of experienced doctors than when newcomers to medicine looked after them.|
In a study that goes against common sense, patients are becoming worse off under the care of experienced doctors than when newcomers to medicine looked after them, Reuters reports.
According to findings in the American Journal of Medicine, patients whose doctors had practiced for at least 20 years stayed longer in the hospital and were more likely to die compared to those whose doctors got their medical license in the past five years.
The results highlight "issues that we have as a medical profession in keeping up to date" with the latest medical knowledge, said Dr. Niteesh Choudhry of Harvard Medical School.
Most of the older doctors in the current study are presently exempt from having to take recertification tests. Dr. Steven Weinberger, CEO of the American College of Physicians said, "It is important for physicians to stay as current as possible."
(China.org.cn July 19, 2011)