Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Study finds lower-back MRIs overused at VA

Between 30 and 50 percent of lumbar spine MRIs conducted through the Department of Veterans Affairs are inappropriate, according to a study by researchers at the School of Medicine and the VA.

Surgery

'Vast majority' of neurosurgeons practice defensive medicine

More than three-fourths US neurosurgeons practice some form of defensive medicine—performing additional tests and procedures out of fear of malpractice lawsuits, reports a special article in the February issue of Neurosurgery, ...

Health

Defensive medicine common among surgeons, radiologists

(HealthDay)—Defensive medicine is commonly practiced among surgeons and radiologists in Austria, according to a study published online Jan. 6 in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.

Health

Change in doc, public attitudes needed to cut overtreatment

(HealthDay)—Reform of malpractice laws as well as inclusion of patients in medical decision making may help reduce overdiagnosis and overtreatment, according to an article published online Oct. 14 in The BMJ.

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Physician describes impact of malpractice suit

(HealthDay)—A family doctor who was involved in a malpractice suit describes the impact on her practice of medicine in an article published online in the September/October issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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