Cancer patients make unreasonable demands 'just 1% of the time'

February 13, 2015 8:11 AM

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Cancer patients make unreasonable demands 'just 1% of the time'

Sixty clinicians were interviewed at three Philadelphia-area hospitals providing cancer outpatients services, and the physicians who had received the tiny proportion of inappropriate demands almost always refused to act on them.

A clinically inappropriate test or treatment was agreed to in just 0.14% of patient encounters. In spite of this, "physicians often contend," say the researchers, "that the proliferation of information has induced patients to demand expensive tests and treatments."

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