Defensive docs get aggressive with care | On Call

September 27, 2011 by MassDevice staff

Doctors say they over-test and over-prescribe their patients in order to avoid potential malpractice suits.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Nearly half of physicians surveyed believe that they're delivery too much care to their patients, often over concerns that they might be sued for malpractice, according to a poll published in the latest Archives of Internal Medicine.

Of 627 doctors, 42 percent said their patients were getting too many tests and taking too many drugs. Only 6 percent their patients were getting too little care.

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