ARTICLE: Jump Forward to Get Back to Basics

AUTHOR: Eric B. Bass

JOURNAL: J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Jun 30. [Epub ahead of print]

How should primary care providers react to the study by Sutkowi-Hemstreet et al. showing that many patients do not understand the benefits and harms of “overused” screening tests?1 My instinctual reaction as a general internist is to aspire to help patients make appropriate decisions about screening tests by being a trustworthy source of information and an effective counselor. I must confess, however, that I never have enough time in my practice to fully explain what is known about all potential harms and benefits of each screening test that could be offered to a patient. Read more…

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Link to the PubMed entry: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26123180

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