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Research Letter
Less Is More
August 2017

Association of Attitudes Regarding Overuse of Inpatient Laboratory Testing With Health Care Provider Type

Author Affiliations
  • 1Head and Neck Division, Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
  • 2Center for Health Policy and Outcomes, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
  • 3Department of Quality and Safety, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
  • 4Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(8):1205-1207. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.1634

Routine hospital laboratory testing is common, and unnecessary tests can harm patients.1 Multiple professional societies have recommended against routine laboratory testing in hospitalized patients.2

Advanced practice health care providers (APP), including nurse practitioners (NP), and physician assistants (PA), increasingly care for hospitalized patients and order tests3; registered nurses (RN) may also influence ordering. To our knowledge, no studies have evaluated attitudes of nonphysician health care providers toward inpatient laboratory testing.

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