Review: Testing to reassure patients offers little value

02/27/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

U.K. researchers said there is little value in ordering diagnostic tests for patients whose symptoms do not indicate a likelihood of serious illness, just to reassure them using negative results. The systematic review and meta-analysis in JAMA Internal Medicine concluded physicians and health care organizations should be aware of the transient reassurance that negative results provide and "limit tests to those that influence clinical management."

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