Thu, Apr 5, 2012 -- 9:00 AM

Doctors Urged to Cease Gratuitous Tests

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A coalition of doctor and consumer groups says Americans get too many unnecessary medical tests and treatments. The Choosing Wisely Initiative has just released a list of tests and procedures that they say doctors should prescribe less frequently. But some of the recommendations -- for example that patients debilitated with advanced cancer shouldn't get chemotherapy -- are likely to cause concern.

Host: Michael Krasny


  • Catherine Lucey, vice dean for education at the UCSF School of Medicine, chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and a trustee of the ABIM Foundation that spearheaded the Choosing Wisely Initiative
  • David Magnus, director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics, Thomas A. Raffin professor of medicine and biomedical ethics and professor of pediatrics at Stanford University
  • John Santa, director of the Health Ratings Center of Consumer Reports, which is partnering with the ABIM Foundation on the Choosing Wisely Initiative

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We discuss the initiative, and whether patients really do want fewer tests.

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