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Challenges Accessing Patient Records a Driver of Unnecessary Healthcare Report Finds

GPs, specialists and hospital staff cite challenges in accessing patient information from other clinicians as a common reason for requesting unnecessary medical tests, treatments or procedures, according to a new report from Choosing Wisely Australia. In recently published survey findings in the 2018 Choosing Wisely Australia Report: Conversations for change, 54% of GPs, 61% of specialists and 36% of health services reported that difficulties accessing information from doctors in other settings, including results, was a key reason for requesting unnecessary healthcare.

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