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Monday, May 18, 2015

Why Many Doctors Don't Follow 'Best Practices'

By Anders Kelto
NPR News - All Things Considered
Originally published April 22, 2015

Here is an excerpt:

Imagine, for example, that a healthy, 40-year-old woman walks into your office and asks about a mammogram.

"If that woman were to develop breast cancer or to have breast cancer, you can imagine what might happen to you if you didn't order the test," Wu says. "Maybe you'd get sued."

Doctors often hear stories like this, he says, and that can affect their judgment.

"Emotion and recent events do influence our decision-making," he says. "We are not absolutely rational, decision-making machines."

The entire article is here.