Q: “I think I might be suffering from unnecessary test requests?”
A: Quite a common feeling out there at the moment. Managing patients requesting unnecessary tests has to be one of the toughest skills I've had to develop as a clinician. I've often felt like I'm in a bit of a pickle..."how do I collaborate with the patient and still do the right thing medically?" Here are a few pearls I've picked up along the way that have helped me and my colleagues more effectively manage these situations. Take a glance at these Five Tips to Managing Unnecessary Test Requests, I hope it helps jump start some important conversations we physicians need to be having on this issue.