“Millennial physicians,” those who are 26-36 years old, are redefining the patient-physician relationship. Yes, another generational reference for us to now store in the memory bank. However, there are some very interesting differences pointed out in a survey posted from InVentiv Health agencies, where nearly 66% of this, “younger generation of physicians,” are changing their approach to care based on the patients age. For example, younger patients are being advised to research additional information regarding their care on their own time; whereas older patients are receiving more simplified explanations by their providers at their appointment.
Basically taking advantage of the technological changes occurring so rapidly, patient portal use in particular. Millennial physicians are also relying more on peer education experiences for treatments, compared to non-millennial physicians that tend to trust their direct and hands-on experience. The survey also pointed out differences of opinion from the two groups on pharmaceutical sales and the respective impact on how they practice. Certainly more to come with good ole Murphy’s Law at hand and advances in medicine to boot.