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Dr. Ken's Corner: Is "Standardized" Care the New Standard of Care?

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Mar 25, 2015 5:23:01 PM

We all know that practicing defensive medicine is commonplace. "Overtesting" -- doing unnecessary lab work and other diagnostic studies (some invasive) -- is justified as a way to stay out of the court room.  In some cases, physicians are simply bending to "what the patient wants done."  To counteract test and procedure overuse, physicians are increasingly being told to stick to the guidelines, which generally recommend a less aggressive approach to both diagnosis and treatment.

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Topics: American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Ken's Corner, Dr. Ken Teufel, patient care, standardized care

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