US doctors say unnecessary tests and procedures are a serious concern

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 02 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3098
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Nearly three quarters of US doctors responding to a new poll said that ordering unnecessary tests and procedures was a serious problem.1 And 91% said that an effective way to reduce the ordering of such procedures and tests would be through changes to malpractice law.

The survey was commissioned by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The ABIM Foundation sponsors the “Choosing Wisely” campaign, which seeks to identify commonly ordered tests and procedures that offer little benefit or pose unnecessary risks.2

The initiative publishes lists of questionable tests and procedures prepared by various medical specialty groups. It aims to encourage patients to question, and doctors to discuss, whether these are needed for patient …

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