Wednesday, September 25, 2013

How difficult are diagnostic and screening tests for patients?

Medical tests with greater morbidity are less likely to be completed by patients, and this lack of health maintenance adherence has implications for future health outcomes. Knowing how medical tests may differ in their temporary changes to a patient’s quality of life can help doctors, clinicians and institutions better understand the patient experience and improve upon it. Such knowledge also gives patients actual data about medical testing rather than hearsay. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have been working on making such information available.

Link to full ISPOR release on study led by MGH investigator Shannon Swan, MD.

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