Need to Raise Resident Awareness on Care Costs, Study Concludes

A survey of about 18,000 residents training in internal medicine found that nearly three-fourths were unaware of the costs of the treatment that they prescribe for patients or the tests that they order.

A survey of about 18,000 residents training in internal medicine in the United States found that nearly three-fourths were unaware of the costs of the treatment that they prescribe for patients or the tests that they order.

The study was designed by the American College of Physicians and the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine was designed to understand the knowledge of, attitude toward, and self-reported practice of High Value Care that balances the cost of care with benefits and harms among internal medicine residents.

A co-author on the study, which was published in the Academic Medicine: The Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, said she was surprised with the small number of residents who were aware of the costs of treatments and diagnostic tests and incoporated them into their clinical decisions.

These results have prompted the American College of Physicians to design a new curriculum that would train physicians to include costs and patient treatment goals in their clinical decisions.

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