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Optimal Utilization of Laboratory Testing

Assumptions to Forego

Slide 3

November 2011

Here are some assumptions to forego. A lot of us think that doctors are comfortable ordering most tests and this is actually not true. The number of tests is exploding—no one can be proficient in all areas. Believe me, I do this every single day and I have to look up tests every single day. There are thousands and thousands of tests. Secondly, is that experienced physicians need less help in ordering and interpreting tests compared to younger colleagues. This also is not true. All physicians have gaps in their knowledge. The gaps are growing because of the number and the complexity of the tests. And finally, some think that physicians will get upset it you offer help but this actually isn’t true either. If approached as a respected colleague, most physicians welcome your help.

Assumptions to Forego


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