The financial imperative of physicians to control demand of laboratory testing.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/207147
Title:
The financial imperative of physicians to control demand of laboratory testing.
Authors:
Murphy, R K J; McHugh, S; O'Farrell, N; Dougherty, B; Sheikh, A; Corrigan, M; Hill, A D K
Affiliation:
Beaumont Hospital, Beaumont, Dublin 9. murphyr@wudosis.wustl.edu
Citation:
Ir Med J. 2011 Jan;104(1):15-7.
Journal:
Irish medical journal
Issue Date:
1-Feb-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/207147
PubMed ID:
21387879
Abstract:
It is an integral component of doctor's duty of care to understand the significant impact laboratory testing has on the expense an ultimate quality of healthcare patients receive, yet the costs of these tests are poorly perceived. Utilising semi-structured interviews and questionnaires, we assessed surgeon's perceived costs of two commonly encountered clinical scenarios requiring out of hours laboratory testing. Of the 35 participants only 23.3% (n = 7) accurately estimated the overall cost. The most expensive test was "Type and Screen" at Euro 83, with 77.3% (n = 17) underestimating the cost. Non-consultant hospital doctors qualified for 3 years were more likely to underestimate on-call costs (p = 0.042). It is of utmost importance to improve the knowledge of all surgeons of the financial implications of investigations. Through education we can potentially reduce un-warranted costs and fulfill our duty of care in the most cost efficient manner.
Language:
eng
MeSH:
Adult; Clinical Laboratory Techniques/*economics; Female; Health Care Costs/statistics & numerical data; Health Services Needs and Demand/*statistics & numerical data; Humans; Ireland; Male; *Physician's Role; Unnecessary Procedures/*economics
ISSN:
0332-3102 (Print); 0332-3102 (Linking)

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, R K Jen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMcHugh, Sen_GB
dc.contributor.authorO'Farrell, Nen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDougherty, Ben_GB
dc.contributor.authorSheikh, Aen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCorrigan, Men_GB
dc.contributor.authorHill, A D Ken_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-01T10:00:22Z-
dc.date.available2012-02-01T10:00:22Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-01T10:00:22Z-
dc.identifier.citationIr Med J. 2011 Jan;104(1):15-7.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102 (Print)en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102 (Linking)en_GB
dc.identifier.pmid21387879en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/207147-
dc.description.abstractIt is an integral component of doctor's duty of care to understand the significant impact laboratory testing has on the expense an ultimate quality of healthcare patients receive, yet the costs of these tests are poorly perceived. Utilising semi-structured interviews and questionnaires, we assessed surgeon's perceived costs of two commonly encountered clinical scenarios requiring out of hours laboratory testing. Of the 35 participants only 23.3% (n = 7) accurately estimated the overall cost. The most expensive test was "Type and Screen" at Euro 83, with 77.3% (n = 17) underestimating the cost. Non-consultant hospital doctors qualified for 3 years were more likely to underestimate on-call costs (p = 0.042). It is of utmost importance to improve the knowledge of all surgeons of the financial implications of investigations. Through education we can potentially reduce un-warranted costs and fulfill our duty of care in the most cost efficient manner.en_GB
dc.language.isoengen_GB
dc.subject.meshAdulten_GB
dc.subject.meshClinical Laboratory Techniques/*economicsen_GB
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_GB
dc.subject.meshHealth Care Costs/statistics & numerical dataen_GB
dc.subject.meshHealth Services Needs and Demand/*statistics & numerical dataen_GB
dc.subject.meshHumansen_GB
dc.subject.meshIrelanden_GB
dc.subject.meshMaleen_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Physician's Roleen_GB
dc.subject.meshUnnecessary Procedures/*economicsen_GB
dc.titleThe financial imperative of physicians to control demand of laboratory testing.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentBeaumont Hospital, Beaumont, Dublin 9. murphyr@wudosis.wustl.eduen_GB
dc.identifier.journalIrish medical journalen_GB
dc.description.provinceLeinster-

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