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Defensive medicine accounts for 20 percent of tests

Posted on March 4th, 2011 No Comments

A study of doctors in Pennsylvania recently found that physicians order imaging tests for defensive reasons about 20 percent of the time.  Defensive medicine is when a doctor or nurse orders a test or does some treatment with the primary reason not being necessity, but to protect themselves  from being sued for medical malpractice or negligence.  In addition, the study found that about 35 percent of imaging test costs are related to defensive medicine.

Researchers asked 72 doctors to mark on different imaging test forms whether they were ordering the test out of necessity or defensively.  The study looked at a total of 2,068 imaging tests ordered by the doctors including X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, bone scans and ultrasounds.  In 396 of the tests, doctors admitted to practicing defensive medicine.

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