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Difficulties accessing patient data may lead to unnecessary tests: survey

28 February 2019
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By Kate McDonald

More than half of GPs and 60 per cent of specialists cite challenges in accessing patient information from other doctors as a common reason for ordering unnecessary tests or treatments, a new survey from Choosing Wisely has found.

Doctors also cite patient expectations, potential for medical litigation and uncertainty of diagnosis as common reasons why health professionals request an unnecessary test, treatment or procedure.

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