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Standard admission order sets promote ordering of unnecessary investigations: a quasi-randomised evaluation in a simulated setting.

Leis B, Frost A, Bryce R, et al. Standard admission order sets promote ordering of unnecessary investigations: a quasi-randomised evaluation in a simulated setting. BMJ Qual Saf. 2017;26(11):938-940. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2017-006898.

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November 8, 2017
Leis B, Frost A, Bryce R, et al. BMJ Qual Saf. 2017;26(11):938-940.

Although standard admission order sets can enhance safety, they may lead to overtesting and overtreatment. In this simulation study, researchers found that when admission orders included the option of a nonindicated laboratory test, medical trainees and attending physicians were more likely to order those tests for a cardiac patient. A previous WebM&M commentary highlighted limits and pitfalls of order sets.

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Leis B, Frost A, Bryce R, et al. Standard admission order sets promote ordering of unnecessary investigations: a quasi-randomised evaluation in a simulated setting. BMJ Qual Saf. 2017;26(11):938-940. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2017-006898.