Younger and older specialists also differ in terms of the type of interventions they use in their care and management of patients. While older physicians are more likely to use or recommend exercise, younger specialists are more likely to use or recommend OTC medications and alternative medicine options. While all are using and prescribing prescription medications as part of their patient management, older specialists tend to have more favorable views on branded medications and are more likely to say they prefer to prescribe branded options over generics if they have the option.
These results suggest there may be key differences in how Canadian physician specialists of different generations approach patient care. Understanding how these differences impact physicians and their perceptions may help to build supports and resources to better address their needs.