Study documents defensive medicine
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Aug. 8, 2005
A new survey found emergency physicians most concerned about lawsuits are more likely to admit patients with cardiac symptoms and order more tests. The results were published online July 13 by Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Researchers surveyed 33 emergency physicians at two university hospitals to gauge the doctors' fear of medical liability lawsuits, then examined hospital records of 1,134 patients treated for symptoms suggestive of heart disease. The "high fear" group was more likely to admit patients with chest pain to ICU or a telemetry bed and to order chest radiography and a cardiac troponin.
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