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GPs order three times as many diagnostic tests as 15 years ago, study finds

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 29 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5093

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Temporal trends in use of tests in UK primary care, 2000-15

  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

GPs now order more than three times as many diagnostic tests as they did 15 years ago, dramatically increasing practices’ workload, a study published in The BMJ shows.1

Using figures from the UK General Practices in the Clinical Practice Research Datalink, researchers at the universities of Oxford, Bristol, and Southampton looked at the change in numbers of tests ordered by general practices between 1 April 2000 and 31 March 2016.

They found that the number of tests ordered per 10 000 person years more …

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