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Docs say lawsuit fears drive defensive testing

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More than nine out of 10 physicians believe concerns over malpractice lawsuits resulted in "defensive medicine," ordering more tests and procedures than necessary, accoridng to a survey.

More than nine out of 10 physicians believe concerns over malpractice lawsuits result in "defensive medicine," ordering more tests and procedures than necessary as a protective measure, according to a survey by Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

The survey, which questioned 2,416 physicians, was published in the June 28 edition of Archives of Internal Medicine.

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A majority of physicians, 90.7 percent, also believe that better protections against unwarranted malpractice suits are needed in order to decrease the ordering of unnecessary medical tests.


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