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Futile Treatment: Microcosm of What Is Wrong with American Medicine

Posted Jun 13 2009 10:37pm
AtBuckeye Surgeon, Cleveland surgeon Jeffrey Parks describes aninety year old, 100 pound patient with a pancreatic mass. Parks recommended a hospice consult. When he made rounds the next day, he was surprised to find that "in the interval, an astounding amount of medicine had been practiced."
Over atKevinMDsome comments suggest the causes for this overtreatment:
  • poor communication with the patient
  • poor communication physician to physician
  • profit/billing reimbursement incentives
  • testing and intervention culture of medicine
  • fear of liability/defensive medicine
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