Your Doctor’s Age Might Affect Your Care

 

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When a doctor was between 40 and 49 years old, the patient mortality rate was 11.1 percent. And, for physicians from 50 to 59 years old, the patients’ 30. TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) Contrary to popular wisdom, an older, more experienced doctor may not always be the best choice.

New research suggests that when treated by an older doctor, hospitalized patients 65 and older may face a slightly higher risk of dying within a month of their admittance than if treated by a younger physician. One exception to that finding is that no age-related. When a doctor was between 40 and 49 years old, the patient mortality rate was 11.1 percent.

And, for physicians from 50 to 59 years old, the patients’ 30-day mortality rate was 11.3 percent. Seniors cared for by doctors aged 60 and up faced the highest 30-day mortality rate at 12.1. The more you know about your medicines and the more you talk with your health care professionals, the easier it is to avoid problems with medicines. As you get older, body changes can affect the.

At any age, a medical crisis could leave you too ill to make your own healthcare decisions. Even if you are not sick now, planning for health care in the future is an important step toward making sure you get the medical care you would want, if you are unable to speak for yourself and doctors and family members are making the decisions for you. Consider a doctor’s age. Some doctor relationships will last the rest of your life, as with a primary care doctor or one you see for a chronic disease.

Consider choosing a doctor younger than you who will, presumably, outlive you. But lapses that affect your ability to take care of yourself could impact your ability to live independently or to drive a car. Memory changes can also be a warning sign for depression and sleep problems.

Communicating with your health care provider: Describe the kinds of problems that you are having with your thinking and memory. Ask if your. This is because older adults are more likely to have chronic health conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease. Even when you are healthy, your body will most likely respond differently to treatment than a younger person’s body. For example, older adults are more likely to.

No matter what your age, you have the right to know all your treatment options so you can make the best decision with the help of your doctor. Emotional and lifestyle concerns As an older adult, you might deal with the mental and emotional challenges of cancer differently than younger people. Your doctor will use a care plan to help you work out what services you need, set goals and decide on the best treatment options for you.

At other times, your doctor may contribute to a care plan that someone else has organised – for example, when you are returning home from spending time in hospital. Reasons for a mental health care plan.

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Patients categorized as commercial are usually younger than age 65 and are paid at a lesser rate because their risk is lower (for example, they do not need to see the doctor frequently).

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from Fordney’s Medical Insurance E-Book
by Linda Smith
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

Unfortunately, many studies suggest that health care providers are less likely to provide this information to older patients than to younger ones, and older patients are also less likely to question their physicians.

“Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology” by Charles Spielberger
from Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology
by Charles Spielberger
Elsevier Science, 2004

Even so, most clinicians still recommend that healthy young people have a regular physical checkup at least every 5 years so that problems can be detected in early and still treatable stages.

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by Karen J. Carlson, Stephanie A. Eisenstat, et. al.
Harvard University Press, 2004

Age also affects care partner strain and health.

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When women now in their fifties reach old age, they will probably be less inclined than their mothers to defer to doctors, but what may not change is their doctors’ limited understanding of the aging process, of ageism, or of gender and racial differences in late-life health and health care.

“Learning to be Old: Gender, Culture, and Aging” by Margaret Cruikshank
from Learning to be Old: Gender, Culture, and Aging
by Margaret Cruikshank
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003

One study found a significant impact of age of the patient on the quality and type of immediate care for CVA in several UK countries, with older persons less likely to receive care consistent with current guidelines (Rudd et al. 2007).

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from Contemporary Perspectives on Ageism
by Liat Ayalon, Clemens Tesch-Römer
Springer International Publishing, 2018

Patients older than age 60 with high blood pressure are less likely than younger patients to receive advice from their physicians about lifestyle modifications that can help lower their blood pressure (Viera, Kshirsagar, & Hinderliter, 2007).

“Health Promotion and Aging: Practical Applications for Health Professionals” by David Haber, PhD
from Health Promotion and Aging: Practical Applications for Health Professionals
by David Haber, PhD
Springer Publishing Company, 2013

This may be due to age and gender biases (i.e., physicians may offer screening tests less often to patients resulting from age/gender), less patient knowledge about cancer risk factors, less knowledge about screening tests and recommendations, and more fatalism if cancer is detected [39-43).

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from Principles of Gender-specific Medicine
by Marianne J. Legato, John P. Bilezikian
Elsevier Academic Press, 2004

This is especially true if an older adult is hospitalized and has other chronic illnesses.

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from Foundations and Adult Health Nursing
by Kim Cooper, RN, MSN, Kelly Gosnell, RN, MSN
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2014

The nurse must also be familiar with current recommendations for age-related screening examinations for cancer, heart disease, and other health problems.

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  • @KnightFitzpatrick
    Most US graduates that go into family medicine were too stupid for any decent residency. Why do you think FM has so many foreigners in it?

  • I believe a good doctor is indeed one who pushes dietary interventions such as keto on a potentially diabetic patient. This doctor is not only good but also 20 years ahead of his time.

  • Every time I’ve gone to see my doctor about worsening asthmatic symptoms and inconsistent response to medication, it’s always somehow ended in a handshake with no changes to treatment and no new tests. I’m getting the impression that as soon as my bloodwork and imaging came back normal, he didn’t care that I didn’t feel normal.
    I take it’s time to find a new doctor.

  • A good Dr is someone who listens thinks and tells me the options and why, and listens to my responses. and also doesn’t jump to conclusions to quickly. I also like to hear what I can do and shouldn’t. I do. I also like to be a little bit smarter when I leave. It gives me a good feeling, at I didn’t waste my Time.

  • I know this is an older video but I have been treated horribly regarding my pain and due to GI issues, I cannot take anything but Tylenol…which doesn’t work!! I used to have migraines and my quality of life is poor. I have no family, and a 4 year old. I used to work at the hospital as an RN. These doctors will lie right to your face and leave you suffering. Life is not good when every task is hell

  • I disagree with online reviews especially when you understand the ratio value, I find too much praise is a red flag just as not enough

  • it’s too expensive to become something, even a doctor. we’ll have to go abroad to get our education and come back here to work, that’s probably the least expensive way to become a doctor. damn why didn’t I think of that earlier.

  • I am still a junior resident but I am guilty of becoming buddies with patients and not do the uncomfortable and the better choice some times including steering off tougher conversations, I am willing to change that immediately

  • Primary Doctors in USA make very little, specialists make crazy amounts of money. All the medical students want to do specialties.

  • Excellent commentary. I have personally observed that at my home country doctors of my culture tend to be slightly more empathetic. That is just to say that if the doctor believes you both to be the same culturally or behaviourally they might be more attentive or understanding of body language etc.

  • some of the comments on here are ridiculous. Educate yourselves. Family physicians are competent and intelligent many of them were in the top of their class and could have went into any specialty they wanted but wanted to give back to their communities. There are so many foreigners because US students don’t want to go into FM because of the low payments they receive from insurance.

  • Here are the two questions I’ve developed as a result of being an outlier within my condition:

    1) Do you treat the patient, or the tests? (some people with my condition test in the ‘normal’ range yet have severe symptoms, which if treated a little more aggressively, will entirely resolve. But by then we test ‘out of range’. Relevant to my #2, some research suggests that there are problems with the established range.)

    2) Will you actually read this research literature which I’ve found in the relevant medical journals? (even tho it contradicts the conventional wisdom that leaves us outliers feeling sick.) We’re talkin’ BMJ, JCEM, and the like, not Mercola’s Ad Flyer.

    And as to their credentials: Trained in the U.S., Canada, UK, or Australia. (Hard lesson learned from veterinary medicine, but it carries over.)

    Beyond that, I’ve learned to select for older and male, because younger ones are still full of education and empty of experience, and few female doctors are willing to learn anything from their patients.

  • One reason for this is that the AMA rigidly controls the number of new doctors. It’s all about jobs for the boys and money in the bank, very few give a shit about patient care and most of those that do are over retirement age.

  • @tlsasser
    It’s a speciality in name only. It’s the opposite of what specialists do which is treat a specific patient population or group of diseases. FM are generalists, not specialists.