Federal rules allow physicians to profit from the use of machines they own or lease. But Dr. Harlan M. Krumholz, a cardiologist at Yale and an author of the paper, said financial incentives were only part of the reason the number of tests had risen so fast.Click here to access the NYT article. Click here to access the NEJM article on this study (sub. req.). Risk/benefits, folks!
“I think the central driver is more about culture than anything else,” Dr. Krumholz said. “People use imaging instead of examining the patient; they use imaging instead of talking to the patient.
“Patients should be asking the question: ‘Do I really need this test? Is the information in this test going to help in the decision-making process?’ ”
In many cases, there is little evidence that the routine use of scans helps physicians make better decisions, especially in cases where the treatments that follow are also of questionable efficacy.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Build it and they will use it (imaging that is)
From the New York Times article: