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Waiting list for patients. What can we do

Waiting list for patients. What can we do

Liste d’attesa e possibili soluzioni concrete

G Tec Nefrol Dial 2016; 28(3): 206 - 211

Article Type: SPECIAL FOCUS REVIEW

Article Subject: CLINICAL MANAGEMENT

DOI:10.5301/GTND.2016.16061

Authors

Gian Battista Mannone, Giuseppe Quintaliani

Abstract

More and more frequently we talk about waiting lists. The interesting thing is that almost always we speak about diagnostic “tests” and almost never about visits. The lengthening of waiting lists for diagnostic services reveals a problem related not so much to medicine, but to the not regulated request of exams, sometimes useful, but almost always useless, to diagnose suspected but not clear diseases. It should alarm the medical class. Unfortunately the clinicians are not able to recognize and diagnose diseases often obvious with clear epidemiology, a problem which induces overdiagnosis and more diagnostic tests.

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