Are internists running amok with tests and imaging orders?

The May edition of JAMA Internal Medicine presented three studies showing that internists tend to over-test and over-treat their patients. A July 22 Forbes blog offers a response from an internist who is also a behavioral scientist (and a book author, to boot).

“We need to go beyond identifying which clinical practices we need to avoid,” writes Peter Ubel, MD, of Duke University, “and go on to develop systems that help us and our patients avoid them.”

One of the procedures he looks at is carotid ultrasound imaging.  

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