July 11, 2016
Ooops: ‘How Doctors Die’ turns out to be bullshit…
A new study reveals a sobering truth: Doctors die just like the rest of us.
“We went into this with the hypothesis we were going to see very large differences,” said Stacy Fischer, a physician who specializes in geriatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “What we found was very little difference to no difference.”
The study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society examined 200,000 Medicare beneficiaries to bring some hard data to the question. They found that the majority of physicians and non-physicians were hospitalized in the last six months of life and that the small difference between the two groups was not statistically significant after adjusting for other variables
This is striking because it is the opposite of what doctors say they’d prefer.