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February 13, 2013

Decreasing the Frequency of Ordering Tests or Treatments

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliation: BMJ Learning, BMJ Publishing Group, London, England (kmwalsh@bmjgroup.com).

JAMA. 2013;309(6):546-547. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.113514

To the Editor: Drs Detsky and Verma1 made a number of suggestions about how students and residents could be encouraged to show more restraint when ordering tests or treatments. Their idea that individual acts of restraint should be celebrated is innovative; however, whether such tactical actions on their own would have a major effect without a more strategic approach is questionable.

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