Overtreatment linked to intolerance of uncertainty, defensive medicine

Overtreatment of patients may be linked to intolerance of medical uncertainty and errors and to defensive medicine, according to a new study in the journal BMJ. The study, which was conducted by researchers at UCLA, observed that "the pretension that modern medicine is based on perfected science, which in turn implies that any error, and indeed any adverse outcome, represents unacceptable failure." A combination of medical malpractice reform and a more forgiving culture around the fallibility of medical care could reduce patient overtreament and overutilization of medical services, the study concluded. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare



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