Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Malpractice Concerns Drive 'Aggressive Care'

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Malpractice Concerns Drive 'Aggressive Care'

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FROM ARCHIVES OF INTERNAL MEDICINE

Forty-two percent of physicians admit that patients in their practices receive too much treatment, which was described as "aggressive" care, according to a survey of general internists and family doctors. Fifty-two percent said they thought the amount of care they provided was just right, and 6% said their patients received too little care.

When asked about their own practice style, 28% of respondents said they were too aggressive, ordering more tests and referrals than necessary. Just under 20% said they were practicing more conservatively than their ideal (Arch. Intern. Med. 2011; 171:1582-5).

The doctors also were asked to describe practice styles among other health care providers and reported that they believed they saw too much testing and ordering of referrals by nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and specialists.

Twenty-nine percent said other primary care physicians were practicing too aggressively, while 61% said they believed that specialists are too aggressive in their practice and 47% said mid-level providers overtreat patients. …

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