Subject: Friend, Most Docs Call Unneeded Tests, Procedures a Serious Problem

Hello Friend,

It is me again.

 I read an interesting survey research results released today by the AIBM and wanted to share it with you ..


  • Nearly three quarters of physicians recognize that unnecessary medical tests and procedures represent a serious problem for the US healthcare system, but more than half say they would give in to a persistent patient who wanted one, according to a survey released May 1 by the ABIM Foundation.

  • Nearly 3 (73%) in 4 physicians say the frequency of unnecessary tests and procedures is a very or somewhat serious problem.

  • Two thirds (66%) of physicians feel they have a great deal of responsibility to make sure their patients avoid unnecessary tests and procedures.

  • Nearly half of physicians (47%) say their patients ask for an unnecessary test or procedure at least once a week.

  • Nearly 3 (72%) in 4 physicians say that the average medical physician prescribes an unnecessary test or procedure at least once a week.

  • More than half of the physicians surveyed (53%) say that even if they know a test is unnecessary, they will still order it if the patient insists.

  • However, almost 3 (70%) in 4 physicians say that after they speak with a patient about why a test or procedure is unnecessary, the patient often avoids it.


But what are the reasons for this? The above survey focused on physicians' opinions. But what about patients' opinions?


1. Physicians have no time convince their patients. Both an interview structure organization and a communication skills issues.

2. Patients don't trust their physician's diagnosis that they came up with. They think the physician did not do his/her job thoroughly. Both A systematic approach to history taking and physical examination and communication skills issue.

3. Demanding patients. A communication skills issue.

4. Patients' hidden concerns that the physician failed to discover and explore .


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What phrases and actions that we should use or shouldn’t?

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Have a nice day.

Dr Al Imari, MD. 


A link to the above Medscape article :

Most Docs Call Unneeded Tests, Procedures a Serious Problem
Medscape Medical News, 2014-05-02