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Abnormal Results May Not Be Shared with Patient

Physicians frequently fail to tell patients about abnormal laboratory findings. That is the conclusion of a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers reviewed medical records of over 5,000 patients in 23 different medical practices. The investigators discovered more than 1,800 abnormal test results. Of these, 135 patients had never been told about them. That means one out of 14 patients with abnormal results did not hear about them.

This could easily have an impact on early detection of disease or treatment of potentially serious conditions. Unfortunately, this study suggests that patients can not assume that no news is good news.

[Archives of Internal Medicine, June 22, 2009]

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.”.
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