ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Age may not be the first thing you consider about a potential new doctor, but it may affect your treatment.

Harvard researchers looked at records of some 730,000 medicare patients treated by 18,000 hospital based doctors between 2011 and 2014, the idea being to determine how well doctors preform as they age. What they found was that patient deaths rose gradually as doctors got older. The biggest gap, 1.3 percentage points, was between doctors 60 and older and doctors 40 and younger. That means there was one additional death for every 77 patients treated by physicians 60 or older when compared to those treated by younger doctors.

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