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Date:12/12/2013

evel of a liver function test -- that called for more investigation. In some instances, there will be justification for the additional imaging procedures," said Barcenas.

The researchers plan to follow this trend to see if the rate of unnecessary imaging drops with the continued dissemination of the "Choosing Wisely" campaign. They also plan well to evaluate for cost effectiveness.

Sharon Giordano, M.D., professor and chair, Health Services Research at MD Anderson, thinks the findings clearly support the need for the ASCO recommendations. She said the research shed some light on the issue of over-use and over-care and offers validation to physicians so that they have permission not to order unnecessary tests.

"Often, doctors think they're not being good to their patients if they don't do all they can. Yet there's been a shift in focus to doing what matters for the patient and what's proven to improve outcomes, rather than testing for the sake of testing," said Giordano, also professor in Breast Medical Oncology and the study's senior author. "Ultimately, our goal is to bring the best care and value care to our patients."


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Contact: Laura Sussman
lsussman@mdanderson.org
832-264-8893
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
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