Dr Lundberg is Editor, JAMA.
Is it possible to change the behavior of
physicians ordering diagnostic tests? The answer is yes. Is it
difficult? Yes, in general, but it is easy to do if approached the
right way. Although most people and organizations seem to not even try,
those that do try often fail usually because they don't do it the
right way. Physicians' behavior about ordering diagnostic tests can be
changed if the laboratory director can confidently conjure up the
wisdom about what to do, manifest the courage to do it, and sustain the
backing of the organization's power structure.
Lundberg GD. Changing Physician Behavior in Ordering Diagnostic Tests. JAMA. 1998;280(23):2036. doi:10.1001/jama.280.23.2036