When patients demand tests and prescriptions
doctors should think twice
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As an infectious-disease specialist, I often see patients who
complain of a headache, nasal congestion and short-term fatigue.
There is no fever or cough, and it appears the problem is sinusitis,
which requires no further testing or treatment. But when I say,
"Let's wait and watch," many of my patients seem disappointed.
In some cases, it seems they are satisfied only if I prescribe
an antibiotic or order a blood test or X-ray.
conversations between doctors and patients to ensure
the right care is delivered at the right time.