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The reassuring value of diagnostic tests: A systematic review

van Ravesteijn, Hiske; Djik, Inge Van; Darmon, David; De Laar, Floris Van; Lucassen, Peter; Hartman, Tim Olde; Van Weel, Chris; Speckens, Anne


Objective: This review is a narrative synthesis of the RCTs which studied the efficacy of using diagnostic tests to reassure patients. Methods: We searched for RCTs that examined the level of reassurance after diagnostic testing in outpatients. We used PubMed, Psychinfo, Cochrane Central, Ongoing Trials Database and Scopus. Results: We found 5 randomized controlled trials that included 1544 patients. The trials used different diagnostic tests (ECG, radiography of lumbar spine, MR brain scan,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Patient Education and Counseling
DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2011.02.003


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