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March 4, 1983

'Routine' Tests

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Wilmington, Del

JAMA. 1983;249(9):1151. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330330033024

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To the Editor.—  In regard to Dr Cuzner's letter (1982;247:3183)—How times do change! Not too many years ago, I was chided my one of our first audit committees because I had not ordered an upper gastrointestinal tract examination in addition to a cholecystogram in a patient with a classic gallstone history.An additional reason for not labeling a test "routine" is that in some communities, such as ours, this phrase is interpreted by The Blues to mean that a test was not done because of illness but because of some sort of a by-age or time-elapsed protocol.