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Medical Practice

An aid to reducing unnecessary investigations

Br Med J 1980; 281 doi: (Published 13 December 1980) Cite this as: Br Med J 1980;281:1610
  1. D W Young


    The number of investigations carried out on patients with the same condition varies greatly. The reason is largely inappropriate investigation. The known progressive increase in the use of laboratory facilities could be slowed down if unnecessary tests were eliminated. A computer-based medical information system, house officer information system, was used to eliminate the ordering of unnecessary tests. Analysis showed that patients cared for while the system was in operation were less likely to have unnecessary tests, which lead to a saving of £1.34 per patient in laboratory costs.