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Research Letter
Less Is More
August 2016

Patient and Physician Attitudes Toward Low-Value Diagnostic Tests

Author Affiliations
  • 1Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Costs of Care, Inc, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 4Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(8):1219-1221. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.2936

Many American physicians think unnecessary tests and procedures are a serious problem facing our health care system, but 53% order unnecessary tests if requested by patients.1 This discrepancy between appropriate and actual care suggests that patients’ perceptions of good care are not aligned with physicians’ commitment to care that optimizes quality while reducing unnecessary interventions. We assessed patients’ and physicians’ perceptions of high-value care.

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