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Large-scale analysis describes inappropriate lab testing throughout medicine

Laboratory testing is health care's single highest volume activity, with over 5 billion tests performed each year in the U.S.

Now a new study examining 15 years' worth of published research reveals some surprising findings about the humble blood test. Led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and reported on-line in the journal PLOS ONE, the large-scale analysis of 1.6 million results from 46 of medicine's 50 most commonly ordered lab tests finds that, on average, 30 percent of all tests are probably unnecessary. Even more surprising, the results suggest that equally as many necessary tests may be going unordered.

"Lab tests are used in…

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