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Physician Personality Associated With Excessive Medical Diagnostic Test-Ordering

By Stephany Below, SIOP Communications Manager

As healthcare costs in the United States continue to rise, reducing waste in the healthcare system has the potential to help alleviate this great financial burden.

One way to reduce waste and keep costs down is to minimize the use of excessive medical testing. In a recent meta-analysis, SIOP members show that identifying the doctors who are more likely to order these excessive diagnostic tests may be as simple as giving them a test of their own—a personality test.

In their analysis, researchers Martin Yu, University of Minnesota, and Fellow Nathan Kuncel, University of Minnesota, aggregated the data from ten studies that found associations between physician personality traits and excessive ordering of medical diagnostic tests....Read more

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