Many doctors prescribe unnecessary tests and procedures

Three quarters of physicians believe their colleagues prescribe unnecessary tests or procedures on a weekly basis, according to a new survey from the Choosing Wisely campaign. Reasons for the unnecessary care range from malpractice concerns, an impulse toward cautiousness and a need to reinforce their own diagnosis. Of the doctors surveyed, nearly half say at least one patient a week requests an unnecessary test or procedure, and nearly half of doctors acquiesce to the request. "I think we're afraid of not being liked," Donald Ford, M.D., a vice president at Hillcrest Hospital, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, told Kaiser Health News. "We want to be the hero to the patient." Read the full article at FierceHealthcare